Latest reports suggest that security scanners at Heathrow airport will now be able to scan liquids. According to reports, the airport has invested £50m for computed tomography (CT) security scanners.
The service is expected to run in a few years. Reports suggest the CT scanners are similar to the ones used in hospitals and give a clear picture of the bag’s contents. This measure will hence allow passengers to keep their laptops as well as liquids during the security check.
Moreover, the Heathrow staff will be able to dissect detailed 3D pictures which can be easily rotated and examined for close-ups. The state-of-the-art technology is already used at some airports in the US; Chicago’s O’Hare and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport are a few to name. Furthermore, reports allege, plans are underway to install 300 such advanced scanners by 2020 by the US Transportation Security Administration.
Chris Garton, Heathrow chief operations officer, reported in a statement regarding the latest development of CT scanners: “This cutting-edge kit will not only keep the airport safe with the latest technology but will mean that our future passengers can keep their focus on getting on with their journeys and less time preparing for security screening.”
Moreover, Aviation Minister Baroness Vere added: “Passenger safety remains our top priority, and this program clearly shows the huge importance we place on security.”