How a foiled terrorist plot led to the 100ml liquid limit at airports

Photo taken in Prague, Czech Republic

A foiled terrorist plot in 2006 led to a wave of changes in the UK (Picture: Getty Images)

In a matter of years, airports could ditch their ban on liquids over 100ml in hand luggage.

Many of us have been forced to handover shampoo bottles mistakenly packed in the wrong bag or – even worse – expensive alcohol bought as a souvenir.

Currently, liquids must not exceed 100ml and have to be carried in a clear plastic bag.

But a move to backtrack on the ban, described as a ‘game-changer’ by airport bosses, will save passengers countless time in queues for security.

According to John Holland-Kaye, the chief executive of Heathrow, the rule could be scrapped nationwide by 2024.

The implementation of new scanning systems will negate the need for strict rules on liquids, he told the Times.

Airports outwith the United Kingdom, such as Shannon Airport in Ireland, have already moved away from the rule.

But why was the 100ml limit introduced?

Liquids in hand luggage currently must be less than 100ml and carried in a clear bag (Picture: Getty)

Airports had already drastically changed following the 9/11 attacks.

Before then there were very few limits on what you could bring onto the plane, and even knives, up to four inches in length, were permitted.

All that changed following the 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot.

Terrorists had been poised to smuggle liquid explosives through security by disguising them as soft drinks.

They planned to carry the explosives aboard planes travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States and Canada.

The scene of a police raid on Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, in relation to the foiled plot (Picture: : Wikimedia/David Gerard)

Abdulla Ahmed Ali was one man watched by police as part of a wider investigation into the plot.

He returned from …read more

Source:: Metro News

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