Government U-turn on liquids affects six UK airports

By Benedict Evans |

The majority of UK airports have been unable to meet the government’s deadline for the introduction of new scanning technologies.

Following an announcement from the Department for Transport (DfT) on 9 June 2024, 100ml restrictions on liquids in place since 2006 will temporarily be reintroduced at several UK airports.

There are currently six airports which have successfully fitted Next Generation Security Checkpoints (NGSC) by the updated deadline of 1 June 2024: Leeds Bradford; London City; Aberdeen; Southend; Teesside, and Birmingham.

Nonetheless, each has been asked to abide by the re-introduction of the liquids restriction.

In comments shared with TRBusiness, Marc Taylor, Acting CEO for London Southend Airport, said of the updated regulations: “London Southend is proud to have been one of only six UK airports to successfully introduce Next Generation Security Checkpoints (NGSC) by the government deadline.

“We recognise the announcement by the DfT and continue to remain fully operational – and compliant – in security, whilst respecting the liquid restriction.”

Others within the aviation industry expressed their discontentment with this last-minute change from the government.

Karen Dee, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association, said in a statement: “These latest changes announced on Friday, instigated with very little notice, have created uncertainty for passengers just as airports enter their busiest periods of the year.

“It has also put airport operators in a challenging position, with very limited time to prepare for the additional staffing and wider resources that this will require, and no clear idea of when this issue will be resolved.”

A spokesperson for the Department for Transport told TRBusiness: “We remain in conversation with airports regarding these latest updates to security checks.”

They declined to provide further comment on if or when the temporary restrictions may be lifted.

TRBusiness has reached out to all affected airports and will update this piece accordingly.

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