Heathrow Introduces CT Screening Equipment in UK Airport First

Heathrow has announced the rollout of new computed tomography (CT) security equipment throughout the airport over the next few years. The airport said that when fully deployed, the 3D equipment could end the need for passengers to remove their liquids and laptops from cabin baggage when passing through security.

With the support of the Department for Transport, Heathrow is beginning a programme to install the new equipment across its terminals by 2022. Once complete, the airport believes the technology will have the potential to cut the amount of time required for security screening and could significantly reduce the amount of plastic used at the airport, with passengers no longer required to put their liquids in plastic bags before being screened.

The new CT technology is the latest generation of security equipment, providing even better images of cabin baggage more quickly. Heathrow said the installation will make the screening process even more robust, helping the airport’s teams to provide a more efficient and seamless search experience. Once the rollout is complete, it will have the potential to transform the journey through the airport.

Heathrow is the first UK airport to trial the technology and 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.