Confusion over EU ban on liquids

European Commission advises all EU states to keep ban in place

After partially lifting a ban on Friday that had prevented passengers taking more than 100 ml of liquids on board flights, the European Commission is now advising European Union member states to defer lifting the ban for the time being. Citing continuing security concerns, around half the EU’s 27 member states have decided not to change the ban, which has been in place since 2006. To avoid confusion and dismay from passengers, the Commission reasons, it is better to have all EU countries keeping the restrictions in place rather than for some states to lift them.
“It is clear that a situation at European airports which leads to confusion for air passengers as to whether they can travel with ‘duty-free liquids’, in particular for connecting flights to the United States, should be avoided,” Siim Kallas, the European commissioner for transport issues, said. “Therefore, the restrictions on carrying ‘duty-free’ liquids purchased outside the EU through European airports should remain in place until passengers can travel with certainty.”
[pictured: Siim Kallas performs a new trick; photo courtesy European Commission]