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

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.

Read also: 8 tips on how to beat jet lag

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

Take a listen for the latest:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Will Cape Town stadium be the official home for Western Province Rugby?

Will Cape Town stadium be the official home for Western Province Rugby?

Facilities Management at City of Cape Town Stuart Diamond explains why they are welcoming the move of WCR to Cape Town stadium.

Mokonyane to accelerate digital migration, announces July 2020 as deadline

Mokonyane to accelerate digital migration, announces July 2020 as deadline

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane announced plans to migrate to broadcast digital terrestrial TV at a media briefing held in Pretoria.

Try out the Riverine Rabbit restaurant in Cape Town for mouth watering food

Try out the Riverine Rabbit restaurant in Cape Town for mouth watering food

Head Chef and Owner at Riverine Rabbit Ash Heeger explains why she rebranded the popularly known Ash restaurant.

Acting commissioner Mark Kingon on a mission to make Sars great again

Acting commissioner Mark Kingon on a mission to make Sars great again

Kingon told the Nugent commission of inquiry into Sars of their plans to getting Sars to where it used to be.

Does frequent plane travel pose cancer risk?

Does frequent plane travel pose cancer risk?

A study by Harvard University found that some U.S. cabin crews have higher rates of many types of cancer.

8 tips on how to beat jet lag

8 tips on how to beat jet lag

Health and wellness expert Dr Darren Green explains that jet lag disrupts the body clock, otherwise known as the circadian rhythm.

Popular articles
News24 exposes how big SA corporates are funding fake news

News24 exposes how big SA corporates are funding fake news

A News24 investigation has exposed how some of South Africa's biggest companies have been advertising on fake news websites.

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone Viral'.

Pieter du Toit on VBS, Malema's EFF and contradicting ethics

Pieter du Toit on VBS, Malema's EFF and contradicting ethics

Malema has accused the rogue unit of still being operational and Pravin Gordhan of working in the background against the EFF.

Zondi tells court that she had to 'look happy' in church out of fear for Omotoso

Zondi tells court that she had to 'look happy' in church out of fear for Omotoso

Cheryl Zondi is testifying against Pastor Timothy Omotoso who is accused of rape and human trafficking in his Durban church.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.