UK SAYS NO TO FULL LIQUID BAD LIFT

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By TESTCustomwebLP TESTCustomwebLP April 15, 2011 13:45

UK SAYS NO TO FULL LIQUID BAD LIFT

The UK is to defer a European-ordered partial lifting of restrictions on the carrying of liquids in airline hand luggage on security grounds. The lifting of the restrictions, which would only apply to passengers transiting UK airports from outside the European Union (EU), had been due on April 29. But Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said that “in the light of the continuing high (security) threat” he was continuing the current liquids regime until the autumn.

The April 29 partial lifting of restrictions would have had no effect on the vast majority of British air travelers unless they were flying, for example, from South Africa to Australia, via London.

However, Brian Simpson MEP, chairman of the European Parliament’s Transport Committee, which has overseen the introduction and partial lifting of the liquids rule, said he was disappointed with Mr Hammond’s decision. Mr Simpson said: “Travellers will now face unnecessary confusion when flying in Europe, with different rules in place at different airports if the UK continues to not comply with the EU regulation.

The full lifting of restrictions on liquids is due in April 2013.

It is likely, given the high profile events being held in London with the 2012 Olympics and jubilee in 2012 that security will increase not decrease.

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