Airport passengers ‘confused’ after carry-on bags ‘rejected’ at security

UK tourists are being urged to familiarize themselves with current hand luggage rules as more bags are being rejected by airport security. As we approach the peak of the summer holiday season, thousands of Britons will be flying abroad this week.

However, several travelers reported delays at security, with some even missing their flights as a result. UK airports are preparing for a significant change in security rules. Some airports, including Bristol, will switch to a new bag scanning system by June 1.

Bristol Airport revealed: “From the summer of 2024, the next generation of security search technology will be introduced at Bristol Airport. This will eliminate the need for passengers to remove items from their bags, transforming airport security screening and creating a smoother passenger experience.”

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The 100ml liquid rule will no longer apply to tourists, who will now be able to pass through security with containers holding up to two liters in their hand luggage, Birmingham Live reports. However, the impending rule change has led to confusion among passengers, with some mistakenly believing the changes have already been implemented, leading to security hold-ups when their bags are rejected.

While the new technology is being installed, Bristol Airport warned: “Passengers will still need to comply with the existing requirements, which are to remove all liquids and place them in a clear resealable bag. Containers must be 100ml maximum and contents must fit comfortably in the sealed bag, place laptops, electronic and electrical items separately in a tray and remove coats, belts and jackets and place them in the tray.”

Travelers are also advised to check their company’s hand luggage policy, as your bag may be rejected at the gate if it is too large, or you may find you have to pay an extra fee to bring it to board.

Birmingham Airport said last week that 15% of carry-on bags are currently marked as “inconsistent“, each rejected bag adding an average of ten minutes to the screening procedure. A spokesperson said: “We would like to remind our customers that existing security restrictions remain in place.

“This can be confusing for our customers and on average 15% of bags are rejected because they do not comply with current security restrictions. For each customer, one non-compliant bag adds ten minutes to the security search time.

“As a reminder, customers taking liquids and electrics through security in hand luggage must follow these instructions: Liquids, pastes and gels, up to 100ml, in 20 x 20cm resealable bags, must be removed from the bags and placed in security scan. tray; All electrical components must be removed from their housings and placed separately in the security scan tray.”

TUI allows all its customers to bring a 55x40x20cm bag on board for free, such as this Brixham cabin bag from luxury luggage brand Antler, which is reduced from £170 to £102 in the sale. The case also complies with Jet2’s hand luggage policy.

Ryanair only allows its passengers to bring a 40x20x25cm bag on board, such as this £9.99 Amazon bag which comes in 21 colours, or they can upgrade to a roomier 55x40x20cm bag such as be the Brixham bag from Antler. EasyJet’s standard carry-on size is 45x36x20cm, such as Amazon’s best-selling suitcase £29.95, or travelers can pay extra for a 56x45x25cm bag.

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