Liquids confusion

Changes to the draconian rules on the carriage of liquids and gels in hand luggage at airports came into force at the end of January but appear to have brought more confusion than clarity, including in the Canaries.

As word began to spread that the rules in force at EU airports since 2006 had been relaxed, some confusion arose as to what the changes actually involved.  A detailed look at the amendments shows that nothing is really that different at present, with the exception of the treatment of duty-free liquids bought in non-EU airports by transfer passengers.

Contrary to rumours circulating on various sites and social media, the limit of 100 ml for liquids and gels and the obligation to present them in a transparent bag remain in force.  The only easing of the restrictions covers medications, dietary food and baby foods, which may be carried on board once they have been checked by the new liquid analysers installed in most EU airports.  “It is very much a case of ‘as you were’ after 31 January, despite the widespread belief that the situation has changed” said a civil aviation source.  It’s believed, however, that the slight changes are a sign that further relaxations of the strict rules are in the pipeline.

Let’s hope that the vultures at the airports will soon be forced to reduce the cost of bottled water which increased in price threefold overnight when the restrictions were introduced.

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