The failed terrorist bomb plot on an Etihad flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi last July led to the proposal of a stricter security measurement by the United Kingdom. The suggested security scheme will ban cosmetics, protein powders, coffees and talcum powders from a traveler’s hand luggage to enhance the country’s airport security and prevent terrorist attacks.
Similar security measures in the US, Australia, and New Zealand have also been introduced and currently enforced. Although the standards would be alike, the UK has yet to state whether they will conform to the specific policies of the abovementioned countries. The Department of Transport believes that it is up to each country to regulate and control its security measures based on its evaluation.
The introduction of the powder restriction is related to the 2006 incident where three British men were arrested for trying to assemble an explosive device made from a liquid, hydrogen peroxide and ignite it above the Atlantic, which would have caused the death of 10,000 people. This led to the ban of liquid containers exceeding 100ml which is still being promulgated up to this date.
The plan elaborates on the restriction of the items mentioned to 12 ounces (340 grams). Moreover, travelers are required to place the proscribed substances into a separate plastic together with the liquids and present them during the screening. Likewise, All confiscated items will be disposed of properly. Nevertheless, the safety and security of the public is the top priority as a spokesperson for the Department of Transport asserted.