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UK eases airline baggage, liquid restrictions

Passengers will now be allowed to carry small bottles of toiletries, provided they are contained in clear, re-sealable plastic bags.

india Updated: Nov 02, 2006 14:14 IST

A ban on carrying liquids on board flights from British airports - introduced after an alleged aircraft bomb plot was foiled - are to be relaxed from next week, the government said on Thursday.

The Department for Transport said passengers will be allowed to carry small bottles of toiletries, provided they are contained in a clear, re-sealable plastic bag, from November 6.

The relaxation brings Britain into line with the rest of Europe, where air travellers will be allowed to carry small quantities of liquids within separate containers from next week.

Rules on liquids and baggage were tightened on August 10 after British police arrested dozens of people in and around London on suspicion of conspiring to blow up transatlantic passenger jets with liquid explosives.

The restrictions have since been eased gradually but the ban on liquids has remained, although passengers for non-US destinations have been allowed to take items like toothpaste on board if they have been bought after security checks.

The new restrictions limit each type of liquid to 100 millilitres with containers to be placed in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, itself no more than one litre in capacity.

One item of cabin baggage - measuring no more than 56 centimetres long by 45 cm wide and 25 cm deep - will be allowed through security checkpoints.

The transport department said that essential medicines and baby food were allowed in larger quantities above the 100ml limit, and large musical instruments can be permitted in addition to the one item of cabin baggage.