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European politicians have attacked the widespread confiscation of duty-free alcohol from transit passengers amid new anti-terrorist rules at EU airports.

Regulations imposed after the UK bomb plot last year mean intra-EU flight passengers can only carry 100ml of liquids in sealed transparent plastic bags on board.

However, the rules do not cover drinks bought duty-free outside the EU, causing problems for passengers transiting via EU airports rather than flying direct to EU member states.

Irish MEP Avril Doyle said 20 tonnes of duty-free products are confiscated weekly from passengers travelling through Frankfurt airport, and 1,500 litres of alcohol and perfume daily at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.

Scottish MEP David Martin warned of a "serious impact" on duty-free sales. He estimated that sales would fall by 12% in EU duty-free shops and by 40% in some third-country duty-free outlets.


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