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No make-up, coffee, spices on flights, as UK may ban powder from hand luggage

10 July 2018 5:43 PM
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Terrorism
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UK travellers could be subjected to additional airport screening for any powder on flights weighing over 12 ounces (or 340 grams).

Travellers leaving airports in the United Kingdom could face the prospect of more queues and disruption thanks to new legislation.

The UK government reportedly plans to ban powders such as make-up, coffee and spices from hand luggage on flights leaving the UK.

This is in an apparent effort to improve airport security, according to reports by The Times.

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EWN's UK Correspondent, Peter Anderson, says the government has yet to confirm the reports.

According to Anderson, the move would follow in the footsteps of Australia, New Zealand and the US who introduced similar restrictions on hand luggage.

Travellers could be subjected to additional airport screening for any powder on flights weighing over 12 ounces (or 340 grams).

Anderson says the restrictions are meant to curtail any would-be terrorists from an explosive on board.

All the indications from inside the government are that we [the UK] are going to follow the example of the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Peter Anderson, UK Correspondent

We're looking at anything that would be over 12 ounces (or 340 grams) in weight of powder on flights, before being subjected to extra screening, according to The Times.

Peter Anderson, UK Correspondent

The concerns are that terrorists could possibly use these in some way to build some kind of explosive device on a flight.

Peter Anderson, UK Correspondent

Security services have been fairly cagey and haven't been forthcoming with specific details.

Peter Anderson, UK Correspondent

We have had reports that there was a a foiled Isis plot to carry an explosive on board an Etihad flight between Sydney to Abu Dhabi last July.

Peter Anderson, UK Correspondent

It's believed that the terrorists who were stopped at check-in potentially were looking to use powders in some way.

Peter Anderson, UK Correspondent

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10 July 2018 5:43 PM
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