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The Times has reported that major UK airports will replace 2D screening technology with more advanced CT security scanners by the summer of 2024.
According to the newspaper, the ministers have carried out a review, and an announcement is expected before Christmas.
The new scanners generate a high-resolution 3D scan of passenger baggage, allowing operators to inspect a bag from all angles. It is also expected that laptops will no longer have to be removed from hand luggage.
The paper quoted John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow, as saying: “We have just started the expansion of the Terminal 3 security area which will have more CT scanners with a deadline of mid-2024 from the DfT. [Department for Transport]. On this date, passengers’ liquids may remain in the bags.
3D baggage screening equipment is currently being tested at London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, while Amsterdam Schiphol and Shannon airports in Ireland have deployed CT scanners to improve the passenger journey.
This new technology aims to reduce queues at airports and enable a smoother travel experience. Earlier this year, Heathrow blamed liquids in hand luggage for extra queues at security checks, while Gatwick revealed that 10,000 hand bags are rejected by security scanners every day.