Gatwick Airport: New scanners remove liquid restriction Brighton News

New scanners at Gatwick will remove the need for travellers to take liquids and electronics out of their bags at airport security.

Security regulations which currently slow the security process will change later this year as the airport announces it is installing new high-tech scanners.

The Argus: Queues at Gatwick AirportQueues at Gatwick Airport (Image: Andrew Gardner)

Major UK airports, including Gatwick, have been given a deadline of June 2024 by the Government to install new CT X-ray scanners. 

The technology takes a 3D picture of the carry on luggage and is even capable of using AI to identify threats such as weapons.

This means that the current 100ml limit on liquid bottles will be removed – which was introduced 18 years ago in 2006 after a terrorist plot involving explosives in drinks bottles was thwarted.

The Argus: Gatwick AirportGatwick Airport

Airport security boss Cyrus Dana said: “Our top priority is the safety of our passengers and the security of the airport.

“This cutting-edge, new generation of technology will ensure a safe and robust experience for our passengers. 

“The new equipment is both safer and greener and we look forward to phasing it out across London Gatwick. 

“We continue to work to drive efficiency and resilience throughout the airport and give every passenger an enjoyable and effortless experience.”

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This comes after a successful trial at the airport where one security lane was converted to the new HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX scanners by Smiths Detection.

Andy Evripides, Head of Market at Smiths Detection, said: “We are proud to have been selected by London Gatwick to deliver our cutting-edge checkpoint CT X-ray technology, which, when installed, will lead to an improved passengers’ experience and the highest levels of security – helping to make the world a safer place.” 

As not all airports are introducing new security technology at the same rate, the Government has told passengers to check security requirements with their airline or destination airport before travelling, as 100ml liquid containers and 1 litre transparent bags may still be required when travelling from and through airports outside of the UK.

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This notice was published: 2024-01-03 15:30:00

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