We’ve finally been told why – or, rather, been given a reason why – hand luggage restrictions are in place. This comes not from a minister but from an unnamed source at the Department for Transport, via the BBC:
[It is] far easier to detect possibly dangerous items in the type of smaller bag now being allowed to be carried on to aircraft by passengers than larger ones.
Officials showed reporters X-ray pictures of items in a large bag and items in a smaller one.
In the current enhanced security regime, the larger bag, which contained difficult-to-see hand cream, aftershave and shower gel, would have had to be rejected and a time-consuming hand search would have had to be conducted.
The good news is that:
a source has told the BBC the government hopes to increase the size of allowed hand luggage within weeks.
I’m flying in three weeks. Fingers crossed.