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New Security Scanners Allow Passengers to Bring More Liquids onto Planes in UK, But Deadline Extensions Threaten Hefty Fines for Non-Compliant Airports

BySamantha Jones

Apr 4, 2024
Extensions granted to UK airports for installation of new security technology

The UK government has announced that some airports will be granted additional time to install security technology that will allow travelers to bring more liquids onto their flights. However, the Department for Transport has warned that there will be serious financial penalties for airports that do not meet the new deadlines by June 1, 2024.

The new scanners, first announced in 2018, are able to detect prohibited items more accurately than previous models, making security checks more efficient and eliminating the need for passengers to remove items from their hand luggage. Some airports have faced challenges in upgrading their security checkpoints due to issues such as the slow recovery of the global supply chain from the pandemic. Certain airports are having to undergo significant construction work to accommodate the new equipment, including reinforcing floors and building new screening halls.

The government has granted extensions to the deadline for airports that need to install the new technology, with some extensions lasting up to a year. It is the responsibility of individual airports to ensure the new equipment is installed. The Department for Transport is considering introducing financial penalties for airports that fail to meet the new deadlines, with powers provided under the Aviation Security Act being explored in the coming months.

London City Airport has already completed the deployment of next-generation security scanners, allowing passengers to pass through security without having to remove laptops and liquids from their hand luggage. Passengers are advised to check the security requirements for liquids and large electronic items at their departure airports before traveling.

By Samantha Jones

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