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Goodbye liquid limits -- these are the airports where you can take more than 100ml

Liquids in hand luggage may contain a maximum of 100 millilitres - but this will soon end.

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If you are transporting liquids in your hand luggage, you must abide by a few rules. For example, the containers may have a maximum capacity of 100ml and be stored in a transparent plastic bag with a maximum capacity of one litre, which must be unpacked at the security check.

But this will soon be a thing of the past, at least at some airports. Thanks to new computer tomography (CT) scanners, which create three-dimensional views of luggage, liquids can be analysed whilst remaining in the suitcase or bag. The same applies to electronic items.

There will also be a new limit for each liquid container of 2 litres. Shorter waiting times are expected at the security checkpoints once the new scanners have been rolled out.

However, since these devices are quite expensive, airports are only gradually installing them and there are already major delays in place for five of the busiest UK airports who had planned to completely roll out the new scanners by June 2024. This includes the major London airports and Manchester. The new date is set for 2025.

Here are the airports which have the new scanners in place:

UK & Ireland

  • Teeside

  • London City

  • Birmingham

  • Newcastle

  • Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton: partly in use

ℹ️ All airports are to be retrofitted by June 2024.

  • Shannon: already available

  • Dublin: is currently converting

List of plans for airports in Europe


  • Munich: Have been gradually converted since the beginning of the year. The conversion should be completely finished in 2025.

  • Frankfurt: Currently there are these fast lanes in Terminal 1, Area A and B West, as well as in Terminal 2 at the central Schengen control, in both cases Level 2. More are to be added by the end of the year.

ℹ️ It is not yet known if and when the CT scanners will also be used at other German airports.

The Netherlands:

  • Amsterdam: partly available

  • Eindhoven: since June


  • From 2024: Madrid Barajas and Barcelona El-Prat

  • End of 2024: Palma de Mallorca

  • 2025: Malaga

  • 2026: Gran Canaria, Tenerife South, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Alicante, Ibiza, Bilbao, Menorca and Valencia


  • Rome Fiumicino’s Terminal 1: since March

  • Milano Linate and Milano Malpensa (Terminal 1): since February


  • Helsinki Airport: since 28 June

⚠️ The fact that an airport has the new scanners does not automatically mean that you are already allowed to take larger liquids with you. Always check the website of the respective airport at short notice.

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