London City Airport will replace all of its security X-ray machines with new, state-of-the-art CT scanners by the end of this month.
The airport already has two new scanning lanes in operation and a third is due to come on line this week.
The final new generation lane will be added at the end of March, in time for Easter.
The technology, provided by Leidos, will allow travellers to leave everything in their hand luggage, including laptops and liquids (up to a maximum of two litres), significantly reducing screening time.
The airport’s CEO, Robert Sinclair, said: “The new lanes will not only cut hassle, but also cut queuing times, which I know passengers will love.”
Kevin Harrison, Managing Director Good Travel Management, said: “While the changes will undoubtedly provide a more efficient service to all passengers, corporate travellers are sure to feel the greatest benefit.
“The new rules allow those travelling solely with cabin luggage – as most business tourists do – to overcome the hurdle of slow security checks, enabling them to move quickly throughout airports and get on with doing business.”
But he added: “However, it’s important to note business travellers will still need to check what security measures are in place ahead of travelling, particularly when flying overseas, as this may differ depending on the airport.”
The Government has set all major UK airports a deadline of June 2024 to ensure that all older security scanners have been replaced with new generation CT machines.