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Plans for lifting of aircraft liquid ban postponed following confusion

Several EU member states had indicated they were not willing to comply with the lifting of the ban that was due to come into place today, citing security concerns.

A sign at Denver International Airport in the US (File photo)
A sign at Denver International Airport in the US (File photo)
Image: DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP/Press Association Images

PLANS TO EASE the ban on carrying liquids on board aircraft within the EU have been postponed after several EU states indicated they would not be complying with the new regulations.

Citing security concerns, up to half of the 27 EU membership were expected to ignore the changes proposed and it now it appears that the plans to lift the ban have been postponed after the UK and France, among others, said they would not implement the changes.

Ireland’s airports were expected to implement the new rules today but that will now not happen and the same rules will apply, confirmed a spokesperson for the DAA to the Irish Independent.

Passengers travelling from non EU countries to or through the European bloc were supposed to be allowed allowed to carry on board duty free goods containing liquids, aerosols and gels, reports Reuters.

Despite the latest delay, a full lifting of the ban is set to happen by April 2013.

Carrying more than 100 millilitres on board an aircraft has been banned since 2006 when British police uncovered a plot to blow up transatlantic airliners using bombs made from liquid explosives.

The EU had said that members states’ failure to simultaneously lift the ban would mean disastrous consequences for confused passengers, reports the Guardian.

The UK transport secretary Philip Hammond had told airport chiefs that the changes would not be implemented in the UK for six months because of security concerns.

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