London’s Heathrow Airport broadcasted plans to remove a hated part of airport security, by presenting new scanners that can see fluids and electronic devices inside your bag.
It’s one of the world’s busiest airports, is devoting more than £50 million ($63 million) in new equipment’s that can better see inside closed bags.
“Passengers could soon keep their fluids and electronic devices inside their cabin luggage when passing through security at Heathrow,” the airport said in a speech.
Heathrow said that, the more well-organized system would decrease the time that passengers spend in security and would also decrease plastic use by removing the small bags passengers currently have to stuff their cosmetics into.
The airport has been testing the technology since 2017. The airport says it thinks the scanners to be rolled out across its 5 terminals by 2022.
The scanners use the similar technology as CT scanners in hospitals, which can see through the body to analyses internal organs and bones.
Global limits on flying with liquids bigger than 100ml (3.4oz) were put in place in 2006 after the UK government exposed what it defined as a plot to blow up numerous transatlantic flights with liquid explosives.
Three people were convicted in linking to the plot.
Then-TSA administrator John Pistole said in 2010 that liquid limitations were introduced because “the challenge with liquids and the weakness that terrorists tried to exploit in August 2006 is that liquid explosives don’t look any different than any normal liquids on the X-ray monitor.”
He said: “The closed luggage bounds the total volume of liquid per passenger and keeps all the fluids in one place so officers can get a good look at them.”
The technology is in place in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and Washington-Dulles International Airport, among others.
The TSA says that the “machines generate such a clear picture of a bag’s insides that computers can robotically notice explosives, including liquids.”