In what is likely to be pleasing news for anyone going on holidays to Dubai or other long haul destinations, the bans on carrying liquids onboard planes could be lifted within 12 months.

In what is likely to be pleasing news for anyone going on holidays to Dubai or other long haul destinations, the bans on carrying liquids onboard planes could be lifted within 12 months.

A government spokesperson told the Times that the restrictions, which came into effect in 2006 after an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic airlines, may no longer be needed if trials of new machines are successful.

The equipment is able to tell the difference between harmless liquids such as water and potentially explosive ones such as hydrogen peroxide.

A source commented: “The restrictions will start to be removed in six months to a year’s time and passengers will be allowed to carry any size of bottle they like inside their hand luggage.”

The restrictions are estimated to have cost millions of pounds in extra security and hundreds of bottles of water and cosmetics are still being confiscated every day.

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