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EU eases carry-on rules

Passengers can once again hand-carry some liquids through airport security checkpoints in European Union countries. The new rules, which took effect Monday, also apply to airports in the non-EU countries of Switzerland, Norway and Iceland.

The new European regulation is similar to standards adopted in the U.S. in late September.

The new rules limit passengers to no more than 100 milliliters (about 3.5 fluid ounces) of liquid per container. All such containers should fit into a clear plastic bag, which must be presented at security checkpoints. Passengers will be allowed to carry larger amounts of liquid in their checked baggage and can buy additional liquid at airport shops after clearing security checkpoints.

Member states of the EU are Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

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