Security restrictions on liquids and laptops in airport hand luggage could be axed within the UK inside two years thanks to high-tech 3D scanners.
The government is contemplating rolling out the extra superior scanners by mid-2024, a supply told the BBC, though a ultimate choice has but to be made.
The tools, related to CT scanners utilized in hospitals, supplies a clearer image of a bag’s contents.
A earlier set up deadline slipped due to the pandemic.
The Times newspaper reported that ministers have been finishing up a evaluation and an announcement is due before Christmas, with the hope it could reduce down on queues in UK airports.
Currently, passengers taking liquid of their cabin baggage are restricted to clear plastic luggage holding not more than 100ml, which have to be proven to safety employees in a single, clear, resealable plastic bag of about 20cm (8in) x 20cm.
Those limits have been in place since November 2006. Their introduction ended a ban on liquids within the cabin imposed three months earlier, when British police said that they had foiled a plot to blow up as many as 10 planes utilizing explosives hidden in drinks bottles.
But the brand new expertise allows employees to zoom in on a bag’s contents and rotate the pictures for inspection.
The 3D scanners have been trialled at London Heathrow Airport, beginning in 2017.
Its chief govt, John Holland-Kaye, told The Times newspaper: “We are slowly rolling them out.
“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]. By then the normal passenger experience will be that liquids stay in bags.”
The expertise has already been in use by US airports, corresponding to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson and Chicago’s O’Hare, for a number of years.
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a pledge to use the scanning expertise to pace up pre-boarding checks and enhance safety, giving UK airports a deadline of the tip of 2022.
But passenger numbers have been dented through the pandemic with journey restrictions in place throughout a lot of the globe.
The newest figures from the International Air Transport Association for September present that passenger traffic ranges have solely reached 73% of pre-Covid ranges.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Transport said: “Passengers at UK airports must not carry liquid containers larger than 100ml through security, and both liquids and electronics should be taken out of cabin bags at airport security checkpoints.”