Most travelers find it incredibly annoying that you have to put all liquids in a tiny see-through bag and leave behind more than 100 grams of liquid. The United Kingdom will soon eliminate restrictions on liquids and devices in airports.

In order to eliminate the need for passengers to remove liquids, gels, aerosols, and electronics from their carry-on bags while passing through security, the British government is requiring airports to implement new technology by mid-2024).

The tiny toiletry has become a staple of airport security, but that's all set to change. By the year 2024, major airports in the UK will have the latest security tech installed, reducing queue times and detecting potential threats.

Phased out restrictions

Passengers are required to remove tablets, laptops and liquids from their baggage, while liquids are only allowed in a clear plastic bag. The 100 liter container limit will be extended to 2 liters.

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The airports of London have invested in equipment similar to the one used in hospitals. It will give a detailed picture of the bag's contents and allow the passenger to see what is in the bag.

A woman putting her carry-on luggage through airport security.
Passengers will no longer have to separate liquids and devices from their carry-on luggage © AzmanL/Getty Images

Fewer delays

"We can look inside a laptop and see if it has any dangerous devices inside it, and that allows us to have a much higher level of security on the plane."

It will no longer be necessary to bin the bottle of perfume you forgot about or the bottle of water you bought but didn't have time to finish. It will bring to an end the practice of having to carry your cosmetics and personal care items in a small bag.

Delays are caused by passengers forgetting to remove banned liquids from their luggage. The new technology will make security clearance 50 to 60 times faster, which is good news for those trying to catch a flight.

An airport security worker checking baggage
New CT scanners at UK airports will make the security process much faster © Erik Isakson/Getty Images

Improved security

The technology will improve onboard security by detecting suspicious items. The government expects other UK airports to absorb the cost of the new equipment, which is thought to be around five to ten times more expensive than current high-end X-ray scanning.

What other airports have scrapped 100ml liquid rule?

Some airports in Europe, including Ireland's Shannon Airport and Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, are using computed tomographic technology. Irish airports are expected to have the same technology within a year or so.

The European Union allows passengers to bring liquid purchases from airports and airlines as hand luggage if the item is sealed inside the bag.

The article was published in August of 2019.