EU says liquids restrictions on flights could be lifted as early as 2010

Business Materials 3 November 2008 21:55 (UTC +04:00)

EU officials say restrictions limiting the amount of liquids allowed on flights in and out of European Union countries could be lifted as early as 2010 if new high-tech scanners are in place to distinguish liquid explosives from harmless substances like hand cream or toothpaste, the Associated Press reported.

Jens Mester, spokesman at the European Commission says EU experts "are confident" that the new technology could be

in place by that time, based on new technologies already being tested in the United States, Britain and France.

Mester, speaking on Monday, says EU countries have already agreed to abolish the restrictions under those conditions.