May 18, 2024

UK airports granted extensions to install CT scanners

UK airports will be given up to a year to install CT scanners, an extension to an initial deadline set by the UK Government.

The new security technology, which was announced in 2018, can detect prohibited items with greater accuracy.

Once installed, passengers will be able to take liquid quantities greater than 100ml through security.

The extensions to the June 2024 deadline are being granted to those airports required to install the new kit. 

Despite this, passengers should still check the security requirements for liquids and large electronic items at their departure airport.

Last April, London City Airport became the first London airport to deploy CT scanners for all passengers.

There will be “serious financial penalties” for those who fail to meet the new deadlines, with powers to achieve this under the Aviation Security Act to be explored in the coming months.

Mark Harper, Transport Secretary, said: “These cutting-edge scanners will make air travel safer and easier for passengers by strengthening security even further.

“The UK is leading the world with its roll-out of this technology, but it’s important we give those airports yet to meet the deadline a second chance to get the job done. Until they do, passengers should continue to check before travelling.”

Karen Dee, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association, added: “As with any programme of this complexity, there are significant challenges. We are happy the government has recognised these and agreed to extend timeframes for delivery where necessary.

“By adopting this approach, airports can ensure that they are ready to welcome passengers over the upcoming holiday periods and that their journeys are safe, secure and smooth as we make this transition.”