In London, the Heathrow Airport has announced plans to install enhanced security scanners which means, passengers will be allowed to carry liquids and laptops in their hand luggage bags.
This is an expensive upgrade in terms of finances, the £50m investment will include new computed tomography (CT) security equipment, a new technology which shows a 3D image of the contents of passenger’s hand luggage, which will be run across all terminals by 2022.
This measure is a remarkable move in terms of plastic usage as it will eliminate the need for travelers to put their liquids in sealed plastic bags, thus reducing the amount of plastic used at the airport.
According to reports, the new scanners will make the security process more robust and efficient, speeding up the experience to “transform the journey through the airport”.
Heathrow is the first UK airport to launch a trial of the new technology. It is working with the Department for Transport to help other airports across the country implement their own trials in the coming months. Now time will tell how soon it will be implemented across the UK.
“This cutting-edge technology will not only keep the airport safe with the latest technology but will mean that passengers in future can keep their focus on getting on with their journeys and planning their enjoyment rather than spending more time preparing for security screening,” reports Heathrow chief operations officer, Chris Garton.
Moreover, Aviation Minister, Baroness Vere, said: “Passenger safety remains our top priority and this program clearly shows the huge importance we place on security. This innovative new equipment will ensure Heathrow Airport continues to provide a safe and joyous travel experience for passengers, as we look to roll out this new screening technology at airports across the country.”
Reports suggest the scanners are already in use at several US airports, including Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport and Chicago’s O’Hare. The new technology will be allegedly implemented in Asia Pacific countries as well.