Heathrow to introduce 3D scanners for faster security check

The equipment could end the need for passengers to remove their liquids and laptops from cabin baggage when passing through security

Passengers travelling through London Heathrow — can soon expect shorter queues at the security check. The UK’s largest airport has announced an investment in the technology of 3D scanners that will make the process much faster.

Passengers won’t need to take liquids out of their cabin bags — Shutterstock Heathrow to introduce 3D scanners for faster security check
Passengers won’t need to take liquids out of their cabin bags — Shutterstock

These new scanners use computed tomography (CT) to create more detailed images for the security screening process.  

The airport aims to implement the new equipment over the next three years. When fully deployed, it could end the need for passengers to remove their liquids and laptops from cabin baggage.

Eventually, the approach could significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastics at Heathrow. With the technology, passengers will no longer have to put liquids in plastic bags.

“Heathrow has a proud history of investing in making every journey better and that’s why we’re delighted to be rolling out our new CT equipment,” said Heathrow chief operations officer, Chris Garton.

“This cutting-edge kit will not only keep the airport safe with the latest technology, but will mean that our future passengers can keep their focus on getting on with their journeys and less time preparing for security screening.”

Significant change in airport experience

Heathrow is the first UK airport to trial the technology. The airport is working with the Department for Transport to help other airports up and down the country as they look to begin trials of their own in the coming months.

Heathrow is cooperating with is working with the Department for Transport — Heathrow Heathrow to introduce 3D scanners for faster security check
Heathrow is cooperating with the Department for Transport — Heathrow

The implementation of the cutting edge CT could change the airport experience overall.

“Passenger safety remains our top priority and this programme clearly shows the huge importance we place on security,” said British aviation minister, Charlotte Vere.

“This innovative new equipment will ensure Heathrow continues to provide a safe and smooth travel experience for passengers, as we look to roll out this new screening technology at airports across the country.”