Extensions granted to UK airports for installation of new security technology

UK Airports Race Against Time to Install New Security Technology: The Future of Air Travel?

In an effort to improve security on flights, some UK airports are being given additional time to install new security technology that will allow travelers to bring more liquids onto their flights. However, the government has warned that there will be serious financial penalties for airports that do not meet the new deadlines. The new scanners, announced in 2018, are able to detect prohibited items more accurately, making security checks more efficient and eliminating the need for passengers to remove items from their hand luggage.

Despite the best efforts of some airports, upgrading their security checkpoints by the June 1, 2024 deadline has proven challenging due to issues such as the slow recovery of the global supply chain from the pandemic. Certain airports are having to undergo significant construction work to accommodate the new equipment, including reinforcing floors and building new screening halls. The Department for Transport has granted extensions to the deadline for airports that need to install the new technology, with some extensions lasting up to a year.

It is now up to individual airports to ensure that they have installed the required security equipment on time. The government is considering introducing financial penalties for airports that fail to meet the new deadlines, with powers provided under the Aviation Security Act being explored in the coming months.

London City Airport is already leading by example by having deployed next-generation security scanners at its airport. This allows passengers to pass through security without having to remove laptops and liquids from their hand luggage. Passengers are advised to check their departure airport’s specific liquid requirements before traveling.

In conclusion, while some UK airports may face challenges in meeting their installation deadlines for next-generation security scanners, it is imperative that they take this seriously in order avoid any potential financial penalties or disruption of travel plans.

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