END TO AIR­LINE ‘LIQ­UID’ QUEUES

Hi-tech 3D scan­ners at ev­ery UK air­port to cut de­lays

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY NIGEL NEL­SON Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor nigel.nel­[email protected]­daymir­ror.co.uk

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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