Gov: Major U.K. airports must introduce 3D baggage screening equipment before the end of 2022

Published on : Monday, August 26, 2019

According to ministers 3D baggage scanners will help boost security, speed up pre-boarding checks and will stop the restrictions imposed on travelling with liquids and laptops.



At the London’s Heathrow Airport and equipment, similar to CT scanners used in hospitals, is already being installed which provides a picture of the bag’s contents. This can be inspected by staff  by zooming in and rotation.



At present for passengers taking liquid in their cabin baggage can take containers no more than 100 ml. This is shown to security staff in a single transparent, resealable plastic bag of about 20cm (8in) x 20cm.


Since November 2006 the limits have been in place but with their introduction the ban on liquids in the cabin imposed three months earlier was ended.

Earlier the British police had foiled a plot to blow up as many as 10 planes using explosive hidden in drink bottles


Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that the sanners would cut down on ‘hassle’ for travllers and improve the security.



Announcing the new plans, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the scanners would cut down on “hassle” for travellers and improve security.



He went on saying that by making journeys through UK airports easier than ever the new equipment will boost the vital role their airports play in securing the UK’s position as a global hub for trade, tourism and investment.



Over the next few years the technology will be rolled out and Heathrow has revealed it is spending £50m.


The equipment has been trailing since 2017 and will be the first UK airport to install the equipment.


John Holland-Kaye, airport’s chief executive said that it would make travel “less disruptive” as the scanners were able to see what liquid was contained in luggage.


Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary said the now more pulling out socks and underwear or to separate the liquids or take laptops out. The aviation companies will be paying for the changes rather than the taxpayer.



The US airports like Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson and Chicago’s O’Hare have already started using the technology.

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