Canadians may soon be able to carry their coffee through airport security and pack their full-sized shampoo bottles in their carry-on luggage.
Thanks to new screening technology, Canada and other western countries plan to phase out boarding restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels.
The plan is detailed in a paper tabled by the International Civil Aviation Organization, the United Nations agency that sets safety standards.
Airports will start testing the new screening technology, which can detect hazardous substances in liquids, Jan. 31, 2014. Liquids already permitted on planes — baby food and medicine, for example — will be screened.
If all goes well, rules that limit liquids, aerosols and gels to 3.4-ounce containers in sealed bags will be quashed.
Those rules were put in place after British authorities foiled a terrorist plot in 2006 to hide explosives in soft-drink bottles and blow up flights headed to Canada and the U.S.
According to the ICAO paper, the restrictions "continue to inconvenience travellers, airlines, and airports, and the retail community."