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Toothpaste, Shampoo, and Airplanes: 100 ml liquid laws could be gone by 2016

An Air Canada plane in flight in 2005, just before the 2006 terrorist attempt in London. - Photo: Wikimedia Commons
An Air Canada plane in flight in 2005, just before the 2006 terrorist attempt in London.
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Feel free to pack your toothpaste. The big bottle.

New screening machines could roll back several restrictions for carry-on luggage starting in 2014, according to a plan outlined by a UN aviation safety agency that aims to do away with the unpopular rules implemented in 2006.

The new machines – to be tested in Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Europe – will reportedly be able to tell harmless items like a baby's bottled milk apart from a potentially explosive device (first reported by The Star). Items like baby food, dietary liquids, and medicines will be tested first, in 2014, with the goal of ejecting the ban on 100 ml shampoos, colognes, toothpastes, and others by 2016.

As noted on the European Commission's mobility and transport website, the rules that banned people from bringing 100 ml or larger containers of liquid onto airplanes were established after terrorist attempts to blow up aircrafts (headed for Canada and the U.S.) at London's Heathrow Airport with homemade explosives in 2006.

(*A rundown of Canada's carry-on regulations is available on CATSA.)

Here's the report submitted by the International Civil Aviation Organization:

ICAO Working Paper

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