END TO AIRLINE ‘LIQUID’ QUEUES
Hi-tech 3D scanners at every UK airport to cut delays
TRAVELLERS will be spared the hassle of unpacking liquids and laptops at airport security by new hi-tech scanners.
Security staff will see more detailed images of bags using 3D imaging systems that will be rolled out to all British airports by 2022.
The 100ml liquid limit introduced after terrorists tried to blow up transatlantic jets with explosives hidden in soft drinks bottles in 2006 will be abolished.
And that means queuing times will be cut and you will be able to take bottles of water through security.
PM Boris Johnson said: “The equipment will boost the role our airports play in securing the UK’s position as a global hub for trade, tourism and investment.”
And Transport Secretary Grant Shapps added: “The new screening equipment will improve security and make the experience smoother and less stressful for passengers.”
The 3D scanners have been successfully trialled at Heathrow and will now be installed everywhere.
They work like hospital CT scanners (which means computed tomography) to produce a 3D image of what is inside the bags.
Operators will be able to zoom in on anything that looks suspicious, reducing the requirement for followup manual checks.
UK-Hospitality boss Kate Nicholls, said: “This will bolster the UK’s international reputation as traveller-friendly.” And Heathrow chief John Holland-Kaye, who has £50million to spend on the new scanners, said: “This technology will make air travel simple, streamlined and more secure.”
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