Major UK airport to relax liquid rules by end of year

By Harry Kemble
24/02/2023
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Luton Airport is installing 12 advanced scanners so passengers will no longer have to take laptops and liquids out of their bags when going through security checks.

The airport said it hopes to be able lift the 100ml limit on liquids in hand luggage by the end of the year – ahead of the Government’s deadline of June 2024 for airports to install new security technology to end the rule.

Luton Airport has agreed a deal with tech firm Leidos to install 12 computed tomography (CT) scanners at its security gates before the end of 2023.

This means passengers will be able to carry containers of up to two litres, as well as laptops, in their bags through the airport’s security gates once the scanners are installed.

Luton Airport Head of Security Chris Jones said: “When we evaluated solutions that would provide the highest level of security while keeping a simply, friendly passenger journey and experience at Luton Airport, Leidos was the ideal choice.

“We look forward to realising the benefits of these new technologies.”

Luton carried more than 13 million passengers last year.

In November 2022, London City Airport revealed it planned to replace existing security X-ray machines with CT scanners, while Heathrow has been testing a CT scanner in Terminal 2.

See also: What you need to know about new cabin bag rules.

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