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EU ministers tell airports to allow drinks on planes from 2013.

The security ban on drinks being brought onboard planes from European Union (EU) airports should be lifted on April 29, 2013, the EU Council of Ministers has ordered. It has also said transfer passengers buying drinks in secure areas of non-EU airports and planes can bring their purchases on planes in the EU, when boarding connecting flights from April 29, 2011. Drinks containers exceeding 100 ml cannot currently be taken onboard because of concerns liquids could be mixed by terrorists to create explosives. Airports have to introduce screening equipment identifying risky liquids from harmless drinks or cosmetics by these dates, despite the technical difficulties involved in this task. Under the council decision, taken on Tuesday (16 Feb), airports installing the necessary equipment can allow drinks onboard planes ahead of these deadlines. A Council communique said: "The regulation is aimed at ending restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels, a system of screening for liquid explosives."
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Author:Nuthall, Keith
Publication:International News
Date:Feb 1, 2010
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