Bristol Airport installs £11.5m security scanners

By Lisa James
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Bristol Airport will start using its newly installed security scanners at the end of next week.

The airport has invested £11.5 million in the scanners, which will be in action from 14 June.

Passengers will no longer have to restrict toiletries and liquids to 100ml bottles and will be able to leave laptops, tablets and mobile phones in their hand luggage as they pass through security screening.  Bristol Airport said that, due to outstanding regulatory approval, only liquids up to 330ml can be carried.

Passengers will have to empty the contents of their pockets into their bag and empty the contents of metal water bottles.

Bristol Airport Chief Operating Officer said: “We are delighted all customers travelling from Bristol Airport will benefit from state-of-the-art technology being introduced at security. 

“The new equipment will reduce customer stress and inconvenience as the need for 100ml liquids to be placed in clear, plastic bags and removed from hand baggage will no longer be required. The new process delivers a much more customer friendly security operation using the latest technology and providing enhanced screening, allowing customers to keep personal items in their hand luggage.

“We’ve invested over £11.5m in the security equipment enhancements, and as with all complex and large-scale projects in a 24 hours, seven day a week operation, we needed to have a phased approach to the introduction of the new equipment and processes.  

“However, customers should be reminded there are no immediate changes to the rules governing what can be taken through security as a result of this initiative, and the current hand luggage restrictions remain in place until 14 June 2024.

“Customers are reminded that whilst the UK has introduced the new security regulations on their return from destination airports customers are advised to check the requirements of their departing airport, as these regulations may differ from the UK.”

Bristol Airport is also upgrading its Fast Track security channels, between 14 June and 31 July. Pre-booked Fast Track customers will be directed through a dedicated lane in the Central Search area while the upgrade is taking place.

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