Everyday items such as make-up, coffee and spices could be banned from hand luggage on all flights leaving the UK, claims a new report. The government is believed to be drawing up a new list of items that must be put in the hold. It comes after Australia, the US and New Zealand introduced similar bans last month.
They adopted the new rules after Australian officials were rocked by a foiled plot to blow up an Etihad flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi last year. Islamic State sent the “sophisticated” device from Syria to a terror cell in Sydney hidden in a meat mincer. A major terror attack may only have been averted when the suitcase was abandoned at check-in, possibly because it was too heavy.
The Times reports that the new rules could bring powders under the same restrictions as liquids. All powders would be restricted to 12 ounces or 56 grams and would have to go through further security checks. The rule on liquids was introduced in the wake of 9/11. However, there are fears the new rules could mean even longer lines at airport security. It comes amid worries that the new UK passports, which are blue in colour, will increase queues at border control.
The Department of Transport did not comment on The Times’ report. A spokesman said: “It is for each country to determine its security measures based on its assessments. “We work closely with all our international partners to keep aviation security under constant review.” Mils Hills, an associate professor in risk, resilience and corporate security at the University of Northampton, said: “In itself, these extra restrictions are not going to create a lot of disruption at airport security, but it has the potential to feed into general concerns by the public about the safety of flying. Credit: Elaine McCahill for Mirror, 7 July 2018.
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