You’ve got your shorts, shades and bucket hats on. Some Factor 50 has dripped into your mouth after you applied it in preparation for the incoming Mediterranean sun, but you don’t care because your marching towards the zenith of your holiday (which everyone knows is that first airport pint).
Nothing can kill your pre-holiday buzz, but being handed one of those plastic baggies to awkwardly transfer all your liquids to, having just got over the ordeal of meticulously ensuring all of them are 100ml or below the night before.
That could soon be a thing of the past — London City Airport have just scrapped the 100ml liquid rule in time for the Easter Holidays this year. Big bottles of shampoo and vatts of mouthwash can now be welcomed aboard in your hand luggage; with anything up to two litres set to be allowed.
Thanks to new swanky CT machines at London City Airport, you’ll be sailing through queues without the need to quash your (nearly) indestructible holiday fever. These machines will nab some x-rays of your hand luggage which allow security at the airport to look at more angles of the contents in your bag, hopefully allowing for a much smoother process.
It marks the first time the 100ml liquid rule hasn’t been in place since 2006, with the 3D scans of luggage deeming it safe to travel with higher quantities.
It means that liquids up to 2L can remain in your bags, as can laptops and other electronic devices, which usually have to be placed in a tray to go through the scanners.
London City Airport installed its fourth scanner at the end of March, meaning the entire airport can now operate under these new rules from today (April 4).
Speaking about the news, London City Airport chief executive Robert Sinclair said: “The good news for anyone planning a holiday or a business trip is that we will be the first mainstream UK airport to offer a fully CT security experience from the end of the month.
“The new lanes will not only cut hassle but also queuing times, which I know passengers will love.”
If you’re travelling anywhere for Easter, you might now want to to select London City Airport on Skyscanner to the east London airport.
Following the introduction of the CT machines at London City Airport, it is hoped that they can also be rolled out across the UK, with a reported deadline of mid-2024 set to install the machines.
Similar technology has also been used in places such as the US and Amsterdam, but passengers are advised to check their destination’s airport rules for their return flights before travelling with high quantities of liquids.