One of the most universal and obvious consequences of the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York was the introduction of new passenger controls at airports around the world and, within them, the restrictions on the amount of liquids or gels that passengers could carry on the airplane cabin without having to invoice them. More than 22 years later, and despite requests such as the one made by the European Parliament in 2007 to eliminate them, the limits on liquids that can be carried in hand luggage They will remain in Spain starting this Thursdaywhen the new update of the National Civil Aviation Security Program will come into force, which, in its public part, maintains the obligation that each bottle do not exceed the capacity of 100 milliliters and that the passenger has to take them out of the suitcase and put them in a one-liter plastic bag to be scanned before accessing the boarding area.

This is stated in the Resolution of the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility approved in mid-January with the second update of safety standards on the control of airports and their workers, passengers or aircraft in Spain that will come into force this Thursday, February 1. This is the “public part” of the security measures in this area, applicable in all Spanish airports, with the exception of military airports, although there are also civil flights there.

The update integrates European regulations and other national provisions to overcome a previous Resolution, from September 2022, which was the first time in which the National Civil Aviation Security Program was reformed, to incorporate changes in security threats, risks and also technological developments. In this latest version, changes are incorporated to incorporate the software automatic detection of prohibited objects (APID) and detection systems explosives to hand luggage security checks.

There are no modifications regarding the liquids, aerosols and gels (the so-called LAG) that passengers can carry with them in the cabin of the plane, something that the Ministry of Transport indicates will not happen. until technologies are implemented in airports that allow them to be scanned without having to take them out of the cabin suitcase. That is, until further notice, the obligation to remove liquids from hand luggage will be maintained, as will the limit of 100ml for each container that must be placed in a plastic bag with a maximum capacity of one liter before passing through the scanner.

Throughout 2024 and starting with the big ones

It will not be necessary to remove them when AENA launch your project to install equipment with a technology -EDSCB, Explosive Detection System for Cabin Baggage) of X-rays capable of generating a 3D image -similar to a CT scan- that will allow scanning liquids or electronic devices such as computers portable without having to take them out of hand luggage to pass the control that leads to the boarding area.

For now, these new devices will be available on an imprecise date. throughout 2024 and gradually, starting first at the airports with the most passengers –Madrid, Barcelona and Palma-, because the idea is to lighten the lines of passengers that form at the controls.

Until then, the Government will maintain the ‘traditional’ controls for liquids in updating the public part of the National Security Plan. According to the Transportation Resolution, the passenger must remove all liquids, aerosols and gels (LAG) from hand luggage, which must be presented “in individual containers with a capacity not exceeding 100 milliliters or equivalent, introduced in a bag clear plastic reclosable capacity not exceeding one literin which they fit easily when the bag is closed.

These LAGs will be inspected “at a minimum”, as well as those that have been “acquired at an airport or on board of the aircraft that are transported in sealed tamper-proof bags” and, as until now, liquids that are medicines or baby food.