Heathrow Airport making huge change to passenger security when holidays restart after Covid
Passengers travelling through Heathrow Airport when holidays are allowed again will find new security measures at departures. The airport is bringing in a more efficient screening service to help passengers avoid having to take items out of their suitcase at the security gate. The next generation cabin baggage and security screening equipment will allow passengers to leave liquids and electronic devices in their bags, My London reports.
The enhanced technology is set to significantly reduce the amount of plastic used at Heathrow – with passengers no longer required to put liquids in plastic bags before going through security. The GBP50 million investment was made back in 2019 but timelines have been delayed due to Covid travel restrictions,
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Speaking about the new investment in 2019, Heathrow’s Chief Solutions Officer Chris Garton said: “Heathrow has a proud history of investing in making every journey better and that’s why we’re delighted to be rolling out our new CT equipment. “This cutting-edge kit will not only keep the airport safe with the latest technology, but will mean that our future passengers can keep their focus on getting on with their journeys and less time preparing for security screening.” The new lanes will eventually be installed across the airport, with the first opening later this year in preparation for increased passenger numbers.
The move is a collaboration with Smith’s Detection, a security screening technologies company.
Smiths Detection President, Roland Carter said: “We are delighted to once again be given the opportunity to work closely with Heathrow Airport to provide leading-edge technologies that bring the best security outcomes and passenger experience.
“Both Smiths Detection and Heathrow are focused on intelligent solutions that deliver efficiency, security and resilience; and these new lanes will allow for improvements to be easily integrated as technology develops.”