Hand luggage on USA flights can now contain hand sanitiser over 100ml, according to new regulations. This comes despite the normal rule stating liquids in carry on must never exceed 100ml. However, as the coronavirus pandemic worsens, drastic new measures are being adopted.
“Passengers can expect that these containers larger than the standard allowance of 3.4 ounces of liquids permitted through a checkpoint will need to be screened separately, which will add some time to their checkpoint screening experience.”
However, travellers are urged to note that this exception only applies to hand sanitiser.
“Please keep in mind that all other liquids, gels and aerosols brought to a checkpoint continue to be allowed at the limit of 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters carried in a one quart-size bag,” said the TSA.
It is not yet known if the UK will follow in America’s footsteps with the change in allowance.
Last week the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that only those within the two-foot radius of an infected passenger are most at risk on aircraft.
In a statement issued following the WHO’s pandemic announcement, a spokesperson said that “those within the same row, and two rows in front and two rows behind” would be the most risk of infection.
For concerned plane travellers there are steps you can take.
Kelly A. Reynolds, a professor and environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona, explained that it’s easier to protect yourself if you clean your plane seat.