Tonnes of liquids still being thrown away at airport security

Published on : Thursday, August 11, 2016

London stansted logo150 wheelie bins a day being filled with discarded liquids at Manchester and London Stansted airports Figures released on 10 year anniversary of introduction of liquids restrictions at airport security


Figures released today by Manchester Airports Group (MAG) reveal that 10 years to the day after restrictions on liquids in aircraft cabins were introduced, vast quantities are still having to be thrown away by passengers during airport security checks.



MAG, which operates Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports, confiscated more than 140 million tonnes of bottled drinks last year – that’s more than 500,000 drinks. All discarded bottles are subsequently sent for recycling by the airports.



Staff at Manchester Airport are still filling 80 wheelie bins a day of items discarded at security, while at London Stansted Airport 60 wheelie bins are being filled each day. At Stansted Airport alone, 23 tonnes worth of aerosol cans were discarded by passengers in 2015, in addition to huge volumes of sun cream, perfumes and cosmetics which also had to be thrown away.



Today, roughly 20% of security trays passing through security at MAG airports will have to be rejected because liquids which breach Government regulations are present. Liquids are identified as the biggest single occupier of security officers’ time and can be a key cause of security delays in peak hours.



During this record-breaking summer season for air travel, MAG is encouraging its passengers to remind themselves of the regulations before arriving at the airport.



Government rules for carrying liquids in hand luggage stipulate that:


Containers must hold no more than 100ml
Containers must be in a single, transparent, re-sealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm
Contents must fit comfortably inside the bag so it can be sealed
The bag must not be knotted or tied at the top
Passengers are limited to 1 plastic bag per person.

Daniel Gallo, Customer Services and Security Director at London Stansted Airport, said:

“Having to throw away items at security can often mean the worst possible start to someone’s holiday and I encourage passengers to remember to put those expensive sun creams and perfumes in their hold luggage.



“The message is clear: passengers should pack these items in their hold luggage if they can, or if not, ensure that they are in packages of less than 100ml.”



“Every security officer has a long list of items that they have to discard day in, day out ranging from jars of marmite and bottles of HP sauce to snowglobes and bubble machines. We’d much rather our passengers were able to keep hold of these and don’t attempt to take them through security before boarding their flight.”



On Monday 15th August, Manchester Airport will see its busiest day of the year when 102,000 passengers will pass through its doors. London Stansted Airport will see nearly 90,000 passengers use the airport on its busiest day on Friday 26th August.



Source:- London Stansted airports

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