Ban on liquids in planes must not be lifted insist airport bosses

by William ASTON on June 4, 2012

The ban on liquid being stored in hand luggage by airlines shouldn’t be lifted as has been planned, insist British airport owners.

The EU has decided an April 2013 deadline for scrapping regulations that limit liquids being stored in carry-on luggage and in containers that aren’t larger than 100ml. Operators including London Heathrow commented that any relaxation of the rules might trigger chaos across terminals around the UK, especially if new technology hasn’t been fully tested.

Darren Caplan, who is AOA’s chief executive, explained that the latest significant trials have shown that technology isn’t mature enough to be able to handle vast amounts of passengers that travel through airports. Caplan continued by adding that security is to be put at risk if the ban is lifted.

Airport scanner companies have carried on arguing that the technology has been made to detect any liquids being stored in carry-on luggage, spurring speculation that the main concern of airportsĀ  is keeping costs down as opposed to the comfort and satisfaction of fliers. Heathrow’s owner, BAA, has gone on record saying that it supports the AOA’s call.

The liquid regulations were first imposed six years ago after a plot to explode translantic planes that were to travel between Heathrow and North America was unravelled. The Department for Transport confirmed that it is working closely with the European Commission, as well as member states and international partners, so that the April 2013 deadline can be met.

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