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,
moving...to a system of screening for liquid explosives."