Air travelers may be able to buy liquid duty-free items over 100 ml (3.4 oz) outside Europe and transfer through a European airport after January 2014. European airports are expected to partially relax rules on carrying liquids in carry-ons by early next year.
The liquids will have to be sealed in tamper-proof bags and screened by special scanners.
Olivier Jankovec, Director General of Airports Council International Europe (ACI), has said that the relaxation has been made possible due to the advancements in scanning technology and US approval of the scanning procedures.
ACI represents over 450 airports in 44 European countries, accounting for 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe.
Unfortunately, until the US also employs the liquid scanning technology and relaxes its carry-on liquid rules, if you’re carrying liquids purchased in an overseas duty-free shop on board your international flight to the US and have to transfer within the US for another flight – TSA will confiscate your liquid purchase.