London City Airport (LCY) will be the first airport in the UK to have new CT X Ray scanners installed, allowing passengers to carry up to two liters of liquid in hand luggage by the end of March 2023.
LCY airport already has two of the new security scanning lanes in operation, and the last old generation machine will be retired by the end of March 2023.
In December 2022, the UK government announced a nationwide upgrade of airport scanners and gave a deadline of June 2024 for major UK airports to update screening equipment and processes.
The upgraded scanners were ordered back in 2019 under then-UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but installation was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new scanners use CT X-ray technology that can provide a 3D image of items in passengers’ bags, as well as deploy advanced threat detection algorithms
“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 cut queuing times, which I know passengers will love,” London City Airport CEO, Robert Sinclair said in a statement seen by DFNI (Duty Free News International).
LCY Airport’s new scanners will arrive just in time for the Easter 2023 travel rush.