What’s the worst thing about flying? For many, it’s having to cram mini-bottles of shampoo, toothpaste and shower gel into an undignified clear plastic bag. So inconvenient, and so un-chic. Thankfully, one airport in London is doing away with the 100ml liquid rule, so soon we’ll be able to lug around as many massive toiletries as we please. Huzzah!
London City Airport will scrap the 100ml rule in time for people to jet off for the Easter holidays at the end of March. New high-tech CT machines, similar to those used in hospitals, will take X-rays of hand luggage, producing a high-resolution 3D image showing the contents of the bag. Security will be able to view it from every angle – current security scanners only produce a 2D image.
Thanks to the tech, the new limit will be tow litres of liquids and passengers won’t have to remove their electronics such as laptops and Kindles. Limits on liquids in hand luggage have been in place in the UK since 2006.
The new machines will help to speed up lengthy security queues. London City Airport chief executive Robert Sinclair said: ‘The good news for anyone planning a holiday or a business trip is that we will be the first mainstream UK airport to offer a fully CT security experience from the end of this month. The new lanes will not only cut hassle but also queuing times, which I know passengers will love.’
The advanced scanners are set to be rolled out at major airports across the UK in the coming months.
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