3D scanner to make hang baggage checks easier at UK airports

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The new hi-tech technology proposed by UK government could result in scrapping of security rules on liquids and laptops at checkpoints by 2024 

The UK government is considering installing hi-tech baggage scanners at airports. This could mean passengers in the future will no longer have to remove liquids and laptops at airport security checks.  

According to a report by Euronews on Thursday, November 24, 3D scanners will be used to scan all the carry-on baggage as soon as 2024, if the airports meet their deadlines.  

“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 Department for Transport,” said, John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow’s chief executive, according to a report by the Times in the article. He further added, “By then the normal passenger experience will be that liquids stay in bags.” 

The technology proposed to be used is similar to CT scanners in hospitals and is already being used at London Heathrow Airport since 2017. Through the scanners, the report adds, the staff can inspect any item in the luggage by zooming in and rotating it for further inspection.

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