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UK airports could scrap luggage liquid rules by 2024

UK airports could scrap luggage liquid rules by 2024

Friday, November 25th, 2022 7:13am

By Sophie Arnold

High-tech 3D Scanners could lift security restrictions on liquids and laptops in airport hand luggage

The UK government is considering rolling out the more advanced scanners by mid-2024, although a final decision has yet to be made.

The equipment, similar to CT scanners used in hospitals, provides a clearer picture of a bag’s contents. The new technology enables staff to zoom in on a bag’s contents and rotate the images for inspection. The 3D scanners have been trialled at London Heathrow Airport since 2017.

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

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