Airport security rules for liquids and laptops could be scrapped in UK in 2024 – reports |  UK news

Airport security rules for liquids and laptops could be scrapped in UK in 2024 – reports | UK news

Airport security rules for liquids and laptops could be scrapped in UK in 2024 – reports |  UK news

Security restrictions on liquids and laptops in airport hand luggage could be abolished in the UK by 2024 due to the deployment of high-tech 3D scanners.

The government is considering rolling out the advanced technology, which is similar to CT scanners used in hospitals, in two years, although a final decision has yet to be made, a source told the BBC.

Currently, passengers taking liquids in their luggage are limited to containers of up to 100ml which must be placed in a single, clear, resealable plastic bag when passing through airport security. The current rules have been in place since November 2006.

The Times reported that major UK airports have been given a deadline of mid-2024 to install more advanced scanners, and ministers have carried out a review with a formal announcement expected in the coming weeks.

Passengers who fail to remove items from their luggage or travel with large bottles of liquids and lotions are the biggest cause of delays at airport security.

The new technology, which has been trialled at London’s Heathrow Airport since 2017, allows staff to zoom in on the contents of a bag and rotate the images for inspection.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye told the Times: “We are rolling them out slowly.

“We have just started the expansion of the security area in Terminal 3 which will have more CT scanners and have a deadline of mid-2024 from [Department for Transport]. Then the normal passenger experience will be that liquids remain in bags.”

The transport secretary, Mark Harper, said the rules on carrying liquids in hand luggage were being kept “under review”.

Harper told Sky News it was “on the back of some comments from one of the bosses from an airport”. He added: “And I’m afraid you want to know that our usual practice in security matters is that we don’t comment on security matters. I think that’s quite important.

“And I am now responsible for setting the safety regime for our aviation sector. So if there are any changes, we will put them out to people over time.

“But at the moment the regime is as it is with the strict limits on liquids people can take on planes.”

The technology has already been used by US airports such as Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta, Georgia and O’Hare in Chicago for a number of years.

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