According to Manchester Airport more than 4,000 passengers a day are breaching hand luggage liquid rules, causing unnecessary delays at the height of the summer travel season.
Air travellers flouting the liquid rules have been blamed for creating longer queues at the UK’s third busiest airport as passengers try to get through security and board their flights.
The figure is just over 10 per cent of the 40,000 pieces of hand luggage inspected by Manchester Airport security officials every day.
The figures have been revealed in response to public criticism over growing queues this summer and airport officials say the problem is due to a lack of awareness of the rules rather than passengers trying to break them.
The current rules require that all liquids in containers over 100ml in size, including large bottles of water, lotions shampoos and perfume, are stored in luggage in an aircraft’s hold.
Liquids under 100ml can be carried in hand luggage if they are placed in a clear, resealable plastic bag.
If liquid containers over 100ml are found in a passengers hand luggage they will likely be confiscated.
Tricia Williams, Manchester Airport customer services director, has advised passengers to allow plenty of time and obey the hand luggage restrictions.
Manchester Airport is expected to have its busiest summer since 2007 and has increased the number of security staff to try and reduce delays.