UK limits on liquids in carry-on luggage could be axed in 2024

Restrictions on liquids and laptops in hand luggage in the United Kingdom could be removed within two years thanks to new scanning technology at airports.

A recent trial at Heathrow Airport, which began in 2017, using 3D scanners which are already used at US airports allow staff to zoom in on a bag’s contents and rotate the images for inspection.

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Heathrow’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye, said: “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 the [UK Department for Transport]. By then the normal passenger experience will be that liquids stay in bags.”

In 2019, the UK announced plans for all major UK airports to introduce new 3D cabin baggage screening equipment but a December 1 2022 deadline requiring all major UK airports to have the technology was hit by the pandemic.

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