Thu, Sep 07, 2006
Mulls Following US, British Lead
It's become the norm in the United
States, Europe, and several other countries... and soon, a ban on
liquids carried onboard an airplane may be outlawed in the European
Union, as well.
Aviation security experts from across the EU began a two-day
meeting Wednesday to consider a ban on passengers carrying liquids
onto planes, as part of new anti-terror measures.
"We must define what measures have to be taken in Europe to
combat the threat that has been exposed in the United Kingdom in
August," said European Civil Aviation Conference executive
secretary Raymond Benjamin.
But that's not all. The Associated Press reports the group will
also consider reducing the size or number of bags that can be
carried onto airliners... and increasing the current requirement
that at least 10 percent of bags are searched by hand.
One possible change the EU is considering to the policy now in
place in the US and Britain would allow drinks and other liquids
purchased at duty-free shops -- on the secure side of the airline
terminal -- into the cabins of planes.
Authorities will also meet with airline officials to hash out a
workable plan... with one member of the European Civil Aviation
Conference saying... stricter carry-on rules are likely needed...
but should be based on what is really necessary and
The board will also likely review improvements to procedures for
scanning luggage -- including recommending more powerful (and
expensive) scanners be installed in airports throughout the
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