Airport explains new rules amid security upgrade

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Temporary changes to Bristol Airport's fast track lanes are also being rolled out this month

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Bristol Airport passengers are being warned to be aware of new security rules being introduced this month.

Travellers can now leave liquids, laptops and electronics inside their baggage when they walk through security, after the airport invested £11.5m on new scanners.

However, the 100ml (3.5fl oz) limit on liquids will remain in place following the government temporarily reversing its plans to scrap the measure.

An upgrade to the airport's fast track security channels was also taking place between from 14 June until 31 July. Customers who had paid for this service would be directed to a dedicated lane in the central search area, an airport spokesperson confirmed.

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Security measures will remain unchanged "for most passengers" at Bristol Airport

The Department for Transport originally told all UK airports to upgrade security scanners by 2022 to allow for the 100ml limit to be lifted.

This deadline was later moved to 1 June 2024 - but has now been pushed back even further.

A DfT spokesperson said: "This temporary move is to enable further improvements to be made to the new checkpoint systems and will only affect a small number of passengers.

"For most passengers, security measures will remain unchanged."


Travel writer Lisa Francesca Nand has already used the new scanners.

"I can tell you it's an absolute dream," she told Radio Bristol.

"It's an absolute game-changer - I was travelling with my kids, you're thinking 'I've got to get my laptop out, liquids and they are bursting out of their bags'.

"So I was standing in the queue with my two children and they said 'no need to take anything out, you can just leave your liquids in, leave your laptop in'.

"It sounds simple, but it made the whole process far more enjoyable. From a time point of view as well, it's going to make a massive difference because it's going to be so much less of a faff going through security.

"An extra minute per passenger can really add up."

The rule which meant all liquid up to 100ml had to scanned separately was introduced in 2006 as “a temporary measure” after a terrorist plot was uncovered.

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