Innovative technology ends handheld luggage restrictions and 100ml liquid limit at London City Airport
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Posted: 11 April 2023 | International Airport Review | No comments yet
The scanners will allow passengers to pass through security without the hassle of bringing out laptops and liquids from handheld luggage, and will be able to bring onboard even more liquid capacity due to the airport’s relaxed limitations.
London City Airport's sees limitations for handheld baggage relaxed.
In a first for major UK airports, London City Airport has implemented a next generation security scanner for passengers at their airport. The scanner will enable a seamless experience for travellers, allowing them to pass through security without the hassle of taking out laptops and liquids from hand luggage.
Passengers flying from the central London airport for the Easter getaway will be the first in London to benefit from the new guidelines. They 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 two litres are also now permitted at London City Airport.
The introduction follows successful trials last year and positive feedback from passengers. London City expects travel to continue to rebound this year and is preparing to welcome close to four million passengers in 2023.
Commenting on the improvement the new technology will make, Alison FitzGerald, Chief Operating Officer, said: “We have always prided ourselves on embracing innovation and being early adopters of new technology.
“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 said: “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.”
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 United States.
The news comes as London City welcomed nearly 300,000 passengers during the month of March, with Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Zurich the busiest destinations from the central London hub.
The airport celebrated achieving the best on time performance of any London airport in 2022, with 71% of departures in 2022 leaving on time and the best Net Promoter Score of all London airports at 57.
Since 2006, UK travellers have been required to restrict individual bottles to 100ml, fit all liquids into a single, clear plastic bag and remove all electronic items from their carry-on luggage.
As not all airports are introducing new security technology at the same rate, the Government advises passengers to check security requirements with their airline or airport before travelling, as 100ml liquid containers and one litre transparent bags may still be required.
Airport development, Baggage handling, Digital transformation, Operational efficiency, Passenger experience and seamless travel
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