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New list of hand luggage items set to be BANNED from flights leaving the UK

Mirror logo Mirror 07/07/2018 Elaine McCahill
a blurry image of a person: Powders including cosmetics or coffee could be banned from hand luggage as part of a new rules being drawn up by the government © Provided by Getty Images Europe Powders including cosmetics or coffee could be banned from hand luggage as part of a new rules being drawn up by the government

Everyday items such as make-up, coffee and spices could be banned from hand luggage on all flights leaving the UK, claims a new report.

The government is believed to be drawing up a new list of items that must be put in the hold.

It comes after Australia, the US and New Zealand introduced similar bans last month.

They adopted the new rules after Australian officials were rocked by a foiled plot to blow up an Ethiad flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi last year.

Islamic State sent the "sophisticated" device from Syria to a terror cell in Sydney hidden in a meat mincer.

a group of people standing next to a suitcase: There are fears the new restrictions could increase queues for passengers going through security © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited There are fears the new restrictions could increase queues for passengers going through security


A major terror attack may only have been averted when the suitcase was abandoned at check-in, possibly because it was too heavy.

The Times reports that the new rules could bring powders under the same restrictions as liquids.

All powders would be restricted to 12 ounces or 56 grams and would have to go through further security checks.

The rule on liquids were introduced in the wake of 9/11.

a close up of a sign: Restrictions on liquids were introduced 12 years ago © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Restrictions on liquids were introduced 12 years ago

However, there are fears the new rules could mean even longer lines at airport security.

It comes amid worries that the new UK passports, which are blue in colour, will increase queues at border control.

The Department of Transport did not comment on The Times' report.

a group of people standing in front of a building: There are already fears that the new blue passports could cause delays at passport control © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited There are already fears that the new blue passports could cause delays at passport control

A spokesman said: "It is for each country to determine its own security measures based on its own assessments.

"We work closely with all our international partners to keep aviation security under constant review."

Mils Hills, an associate professor in risk, resilience and corporate security at the University of Northampton, said: "In itself, these extra restrictions are not going to create a lot of disruption at airport security but it has the potential to feed into general concerns by the public about the safety of flying.

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