London City Airport has become the first London airport to deploy next generation security scanners for all passengers.
Passengers no longer have to restrict toiletries and liquids to 100ml bottles and can leave laptops, tablets and mobile phones in their bag, as they pass through streamlined security screening.
Bottles with a capacity of 2 litres are also now permitted at the airport.
As part of the Department for Transport’s next generation security checkpoint , all UK airports must upgrade to the new system by June 2024.
The CT technology is already in use in some international hub airports, such as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and LaGuardia Airport in the US.
However, passengers are being advised to check rules for their return flights as 100ml liquid containers and 1 litre transparent bags may still be required at many airports.
Alison FitzGerald, Chief Operating Officer at London City, said: “The new CT scanners will take our passenger experience to another level, reducing the stress and hassle of 100mL liquids in clear, plastic bags and having to unload your hand luggage. The new process delivers a much more efficient security operation with enhanced security screening.
“We are really confident that this investment will make the experience of travelling through London City even better for the business and leisure passengers using the airport, to quickly and easily get to our many domestic and international destinations.”
Aviation Minister Baroness Vere added: “We’re making sure that all major airports across the UK introduce a new generation of sophisticated security technology, and it’s great to see this being harnessed at London City Airport already.
“This will reduce queueing times, improve the passenger experience, and most importantly detect potential threats. Passengers travelling from other airports should continue to always check the necessary guidance on security procedures at those airports before travelling.”