The British government has required airports to implement the new technology by mid-2024. Then passengers will not have to take out and put liquids, gels, aerosols and laptops on the tape from hand luggage when passing through control.
“Tiny toiletries have become a major topic at airport security checkpoints, but that's about to change,” — Transport Minister Mark Harper confirmed the upcoming changes. “By 2024, major airports across the UK will have the latest security technology installed to reduce queue times, improve passenger experience and, most importantly, identify potential threats faster and more effectively.”
Passengers are currently required to remove tablets, laptops and liquids from their cabin baggage, with liquids up to a maximum of 100ml sealed in a clear plastic bag. This requirement will be lifted as a result of the reforms, and the limit will be increased from 100 ml to 2 liters.
London Heathrow and Gatwick have already invested in CT equipment similar to CT scanners used in hospitals. This will provide a detailed view of the contents of the bag and allow the images to be visually rotated and analyzed, thus giving a clear picture of what the passenger is carrying through the security system.
It will be easy to determine what liquid is inside the bottle, or you can look inside the laptop and see if it contains any dangerous devices. As a result, all this will provide a much higher level of safety.
This will save passengers from having to throw away bottles of expensive perfumes or refuse bottles of water that they did not have time to drink. This will put an end to the practice of putting toiletries and cosmetics in tiny plastic bags.
Travelers who forget to remove prohibited liquids from their hand luggage, — one of the main reasons for queues. It is estimated that the new technology will speed up security checks by 50–60 times.
Devices and fluids will no longer need to be submitted separately — the technology will increase safety on board by ensuring the detection of suspicious items. Heathrow has already invested millions in equipment that is estimated to be about five to ten times more expensive than today's high-end X-ray scanners.
Computed tomography technology is now being used at some airports in Europe, including an Irish airport Shannon and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Ireland's Dublin and Cork airports are also expected to be equipped with similar technology over the next year.
Within the EU, passengers may carry liquids purchased at any airport or airline as hand baggage, provided that the product and the receipt remain sealed inside the package.