EU-Wide Security Rules Coming in November

The European Union (EU) met yesterday and all member states have agreed to a new security policy for air travel that is expected to begin in early November. The good news it that they were kind enough to put out a press release detailing the rules for us. That bad news is that it looks like they’ve been talking to the TSA too much and this basically mirrors the misguided US policy. Here are the new rules:

  • Any individual liquid you bring onboard cannot exceed 100ml (that’s 3.38 oz, slightly larger the 3 oz allowed in the US) but you can buy larger items at duty free beyond security
  • All liquids must fit in one ziploc bag no larger than 1 liter (that’s 1.05 quarts, again slightly larger than the 1 quart allowed in the US) and they must be screened separately at security
  • Carry on bags will be limited in size to 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm (22 in x 17.7 in x 9.8 in) – few exceptions like musical instruments are permitted
  • Coats and jackets must be removed and run through the x-ray machine separately at security
  • Sadly, laptops will now have to be removed from bags and run separately through security

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