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Finally, you can take liquids through security, well, at two UK airports anyway!
London City Airport today becomes the first major airport in the UK to deploy next-generation security scanners for all passengers, enabling travellers to pass through security without removing laptops and liquids from their hand luggage. (Teeside also has the same technology in service). Since a failed terrorist plot in 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.
Passengers flying from the central London airport 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 2 litres are also now permitted at London City Airport. (So wine and champagne is definitely OK!)
The introduction follows successful trials last year and positive feedback from passengers.
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 plan, all UK airports must upgrade to the new system by June 2024. Sadly Heathrow has been trialling the technology since pre-Covid but is still to introduce it properly.
The CT technology is already in use in many international hub airports such as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Helsinki and LaGuardia Airport in the United States.
Japan to remove Covid travel restrictions
Japan was one of the last countries to reopen since Covid, but there are still some rules in place for inbound travel. From 8 May, Japan will change the categorisation of Covid, meaning they will end some entry restrictions.
Travellers will no longer be required to be fully vaccinated with a minimum of 3 jabs, to register before travelling or to provide a negative covid-19 test result upon arrival.
There will still be voluntary testing for passengers with a fever or other symptoms at Narita, Haneda, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Osaka airports.
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