Our airports to scrap ban on liquids next year
HI-TECH: New scanners will detect explosives in luggage
DUBLIN Airport is set to make travel a lot easier by relaxing rules on liquids that can be taken on planes.
Air passengers will no longer be forced to dump liquids at airport security points as part of new measures set to be rolled out next year.
State-of-the-art equipment designed to sniff out liquid explosives is set to be installed instead in a number of Irish airports.
The equipment will greatly enhance the ability to detect dangerous explosives -- and is set to be rolled out over the next two years in Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports.
The new screening equipment will result in a relaxation of airport rules limiting liquids in hand luggage to a maximum of 100ml -- a welcome boost for travellers and holidaymakers.
It will mean that there will no limit on the amount of alcohol, perfumes and other liquids that can be taken home from Ireland by holidaymakers.
The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has begun tendering for the scanners in order to meet a 2013 deadline imposed under EU regulations.
The current restrictions have been in place since 2006, when British police foiled a bomb plot involving liquid explosives.
A spokesperson for the DAA confirmed that tendering for the scanners has begun in order to meet a 2013 deadline.
Airports will be equipped with screening machines that can detect dangerous chemicals and liquid explosives.
Passengers will be allowed to carry unlimited quantities of liquids, perfumes and gels.
And the measures will eliminate the need to purchase the small circular containers that are often seen as a nuisance by travellers.
The initial restriction on liquids was introduced in 2006, following an apparent terrorist plot to detonate liquid explosives on a US flight.
Airport personnel have since confiscated tens of thousands of bottles containing alcohol, aerosols, gels and other liquids.
Items such as jams and champagne were also confiscated by airport staff.
Passengers who change flight in an EU country are also forced to surrender their liquids.
The strict rules limited passengers to carrying liquids of no more than 100ml per container in their hand luggage.
In 2010, the European Commission stated that it was "now time to put an end to the restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels" following a series of technological advancements in security equipment.