The UK government has ordered to launch a 3D baggage screening equipment at all the UK airports before the end of 2022.
According to a source, the introduction of the equipment could help in boosting security, in addition to escalating the pre-boarding checks and imposing a restriction on liquids and laptops check-ins.
Sources suggest, the screening technology is similar to CT scanners used in hospitals. One such equipment is already launched at London’s Heathrow Airport. The technology enhances the quality of the picture. Objects can be viewed in much clear images and it also allows the staff to zoom in and rotate the objects for inspection.
The present policy allows passengers to carry liquids within their cabin baggage, however they cannot carry bottles more than 100 ml. Moreover, these must be shown to the airport personnel in a transparent plastic bag of 20cm (8in) x 20cm.
In wake of the situation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the scanners would certainly help in curbing the ‘hassle’ for travelers, in addition to improving airport security.
“By making journeys through UK airports easier than ever, this new equipment will help boost the vital role our airports play in securing the UK’s position as a global hub for trade, tourism and investment,” Johnson added.
According to reports, Heathrow has reserved £50m in order to launch the technology in the upcoming years. Heathrow is the first airport in the US to install such an equipment. Trials for the same have been in motion since 2017.
According to Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, the new equipment also meant “no more pulling out your socks and your underwear, and having to separate your liquids and take your laptops out”. Moreover, he also added, that it will be the aviation company that will be paying for the changes and not the taxpayer.
The screening technology is already in use at US airports, at Chicago’s OHare and at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, for instance.