2-May-2011 9:07 AM

EU's lifting of duty free liquid restrictions deferred

European Commission's Vice President of Transport Siim Kallas has (29-Apr-2011) advised EU Member States to defer the removal of restrictions on the carriage of duty free liquids in hand luggage, which was originally due on 29-Apr-2011. Mr Kallas said that "a growing number of Member States decided to maintain the ban on carrying duty free liquids purchased in third countries beyond this date" and added that the decision was made "to avoid a situation which would not have facilitated travel but rather caused confusion for passengers". The Commission now plans to conduct a review of the plan with Member States and consult with the US as one of the key destinations of flights from the EU. The EU is working towards removing all restrictions on the carriage of liquids in hand luggage by 2013. [more]