UK airports could ditch baggage liquid rules by 2024

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By. Lora Jones
Business reporter, BBC News

Security restrictions on liquids and laptops in airport hand baggage could be axed in the UK inside two years thanks to high-tech 3D scanners

The. authorities is taking into account rolling out the more advanced scanners by mid-2024, a source told the BBC, though a final selection has but to be made.

The equipment, similar to CT scanners used in hospitals, provides a clearer snapshot of a bag’s contents

A. prior installing deadline slipped due to the pandemic

The. Times newspaper reported that ministers have been carrying out a assessment and an announcement is due earlier than Christmas, with the hope it could minimize down on queues in UK airports

Currently,. passengers taking liquid in their cabin baggage are restricted to clear plastic bags holding no more than 100ml, which should be shown to security employees in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag of about 20cm (8in) x 20cm

Those. limits have been in place since November 2006. Their introduction ended a ban on liquids in the cabin imposed three months earlier, when British police suggested they had foiled a plot to blow up as many as 10 planes utilizing explosives hidden in drinks bottles

But. the new technology facilitates employees to zoom in on a bag’s contents and rotate the photographs for inspection

The. 3D scanners have been trialled at London Heathrow Airport, beginning in 2017

Its. chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, told The Times newspaper: “We are slowly rolling them out

“We. have just began the enlargement of the security vicinity in Terminal 3 which will have more CT scanners and have a deadline of mid-2024 from the [Department for Transport]. By then the typical passenger expertise will be that liquids stay in bags”

The. technology has already been in use by US airports, such as Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson and Chicago’s O’Hare, for a quantity of years

Former. Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a pledge to use the scanning technology to pace up pre-boarding checks and boost security, giving UK airports a deadline of the finish of 2022

But. passenger numbers have been dented during the pandemic with journey restrictions in place throughout a lot of the globe

The. newest figures from the International Air Transport Association for September present that passenger traffic ranges have solely reached 73% of pre-Covid levels

A. spokeswoman for the Department for Transport said: “Passengers at UK airports should not carry liquid containers larger than 100ml by way of security, and both liquids and electronics ought to be taken out of cabin bags at airport security checkpoints”

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