Europe May Relax Liquid Restrictions on Planes

The Telegraph and other sources are reporting that the ban on bringing liquids onto aircraft will be eased as of next April in Europe, as part of a plan from the European Commission.

The move comes as the security industry develops new machinery which it believes is capable of screening passengers and their luggage properly, the report continues. Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, has been pushing his European counterparts to overhaul airport security, which he believes is too rigid.

In October Martin Broughton, the British Airways chairman, called for the scrapping of what he described as "redundant" security measures.

Last month, Ian Hutcheson, the head of security at BAA, called for a dramatic overhaul of how passengers are screened, warning that predictable airport security is giving terrorists an advantage.

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