UK Airports to Scrap Liquids on Airplanes Ban

by Libby Zay 
Posted Dec 6th 2010 01:04 PMUpdated Dec 8th 2010 02:06 PM


Starting in April of next year, British airports will begin phasing out a security ban on liquids in carryon luggage.

Similar to the United States airport security procedures, the liquids ban was introduced after a conspiracy to blow up transatlantic flights with explosives disguised as soft drinks was uncovered in 2006.

The ban has been unpopular with passengers and airline operators since it was instated. Earlier this year, the European Union announced "the ban could be lifted in 2013 after the development of technology to detect explosives in liquids," reported the Telegraph.

Current restrictions in the UK are the same as in the United States, requiring passengers to limit the quantity of liquid brought onboard in containers to 3.4 ounces (100ml) and place them in clear plastic bags. Passengers who do not obey this rule are forced to surrender bottled water and soft drinks, perfumes, cosmetics and baby food before reaching departure lounges. It has been reported that Heathrow Airport in London confiscates about 2,000 tons of liquid from passengers each year.

Phillip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Transport, sympathized with parents who had to test food in front of security officials to prove the food was safe. "I have seen mother's tasting it, and doesn't it taste foul? The good news is that by 2013 the band on mush will have ended," he said.

Under the new plan, airport operators will propose their own security plans, provided they meet standards set in place by the government. The government will then scrutinize and approve plans on an individual basis.

Last month, the international airport in Alburquerque tested a machine that uses magnetic resonance to read the molecular makeup of liquids. The process takes around 15 seconds and is so sensitive it can differentiate between red and white wine or different types of sodas. At the time, officials said the technology is still a few years away from deployment at airports in the United States.

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The Mad Ape

The business of fear at airports is a profitable one. The naked body scanners do nothing to keep anyone safe. Nothing. All they do is subject you to radiation and humiliate travelers, as does the groping er enhanced pat downs.

Do you suppose that because ex Homeland Security boss Micheal Chertoff is one of the largest shareholder of Rapiscan, the manufacturer of these imaging devices that they are in every airport? Like I said, the business of fear is a profitable one.

Further the ban on liquids was lame.

All of these problems are easily solved by using a 4-legged piece of equipment that cost a little time, a little love, a little training, a little food. It is called a dog. A dog can detect weapons, bombs, drugs, explosives, and whatever else you want to train them to detect. Dogs can even detect early cancer in people.

Having highly specialized trained dogs en masse at airports would speed up security checks. They can not be fooled like the public has been with the business of fear.

December 07 2010 at 3:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply