Heathrow to install ‘cutting-edge’ tech to speed-up security

The new scanners will mean passengers avoid keeping liquids in a separate bag

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Passengers at Heathrow airport could soon be able to keep liquids and laptops inside their cabin baggage while going through security, thanks to the installation of new scanners.

The airport announced it was spending £50 million to roll out computer tomography equipment over the next three years.

The technology is used in hospitals for CT scans, and can provide clear 3D images of what is inside baggage.

The scanners would remove the hassle of travellers carrying a separate transparent bag for liquids.

It would also allow passengers to keep laptops and other electronic devices in their bag.

Heathrow will be the first UK airport to trial the scanners, and if successful it is hoped the technology can cut down on security queues.

Heathrow CEO Chris Garton said he was “delighted” to be rolling out the CT equipment.

"Heathrow has a proud history of investing in making every journey better,” he said.

“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.”

Aviation Minister Baroness Vere said: “This innovative new equipment will ensure Heathrow continues to provide a safe and smooth travel experience for passengers.”

Heathrow’s security performance report for April found more than 96 per cent of passengers moved through security within five minutes.

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