Passengers may soon no longer have to follow the strict rules regarding carry-on liquids for international flights. A new 3D scanning technology is being tried out at London’s Heathrow airport that may bring the end to the restrictions on liquid limits on airplanes.
The new technology uses CT (computed tomography) scanners to give a three-dimensional X-ray image of what is inside passengers luggage. CT scanners are also widely used in hospitals for scanning internal organs.
There are currently strict restrictions on the liquid that can be carried into an airline cabin. Liquids are expected to be limited to 100ml or 3.4 ounces per item. This is meant to prevent the threat of liquid explosives were brought to force in 2006.
End to restrictions on liquid limits on airplanes
The new method of scanning, if it proves successful, will eliminate these stringent rules. Passengers will no longer have to follow the liquid limits on airplanes. They will also not have to take out their liquid containers to be scanned separately.
Currently, CT scanners are used to scan baggage check into the hold, and the UK Department of Transport is planning to deploy a number of new scanners at security lines in Heathrow Airport. There, they are will be tested for 6 to 12 months, along with liquid explosive detectors. “We continue to look at new technologies that can both improve the passenger experience and strengthen our security.” said a spokesperson for Heathrow
This new technology was also trialled at Amsterdam’s busy Schipol Airport and a similar program was put into place by American Airlines and the TSA at New York’s JFK Airport last year. Until this technology becomes widely used, continue to follow these airport travel tips.