London City airport drops 100ml liquids rule

5 April 2023  |  Travel News

London City Airport has become the first major airport in the UK to relax rules on liquids in hand luggage, following the full implementation of new-generation CT scanners at security.

The scanners, which use Computed Tomography (CT) technology – similar to medical X-ray systems – are designed to give a more detailed image of items carried through security, including liquids, gels, and aerosols. This helps security officers identify any prohibited items quickly and safely.

Before these advanced scanners were introduced, travellers could only carry containers of liquid larger than 100ml if placed in a clear plastic bag. However, this restriction is no longer necessary, with London City now having dedicated CT machines.

This will be a welcome development for many passengers travelling through the airport as it will reduce delays at security and enable them to carry liquids such as toothpaste, perfume, or suncream in their hand luggage without having to decant them into smaller containers.

The installation of CT scanners is part of London City Airport’s £480m expansion programme, which aims to increase passenger numbers from 4.5 million per year today to 6.5 million in 2025.

The benefits for passengers are clear. London City Airport is leading the way, with other airports are expected to follow suit shortly. So if you’re travelling through an airport any time soon, check their website or contact our team directly to find out what items you can take in your hand luggage.