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The first UK airport with 100% ‘don’t unpack’ security scanners is …. Teesside

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Despite London City Airport publicising its move to an entire suite of ‘next generation’ security scanners by April 2023, it has been pipped for first place.

Teesside International Airport has become the first in the UK to be fully ready for the upcoming changes to security rules.

Teesside International AIrport new security scanners

The Government has set a June 2024 deadline for airports to install ‘next generation’ security scanners. These produce 3D images of your belongings and allow you to leave liquids and large electrical items in your cabin baggage. Amsterdam Schiphol has been using these scanners for some time and trial machines have been in place at other UK airports – London City currently has one, I think, alongside an old-style machine.

The 100ml limit on liquids will remain for now, albeit that liquids no longer need to be placed in a clear plastic bag.

The limit will be raised to 2 litres at some point in the future but, of course, this won’t help you if you are returning from an airport which doesn’t have the new style scanners. You shouldn’t throw away those clear plastic bags just yet …..

Phil Forster, Teesside Airport Managing Director, said:

“It’s a source of great pride and satisfaction that our international airport is the first in the UK to be fully prepared for the rule changes. Our facilities have come on leaps and bounds in the past three years – and I can’t wait for what 2023 has in store.”

You can read more on the Teesside International website here.

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  • lumma says:

    In Australia there’s no liquid limit on domestics (you can even go airside if you’re not flying) but there is for international.

    There’s no real need for the liquid limit

    • Errol says:

      So you are happy for passengers to take sufficient liquid explosives onboard that could down an aircraft are you?

  • Anup says:

    Flew from LCY this week – the new scanner was pushing 90% of bags out for a manual search leading to a crowd of people waiting much longer. Feels like there might be some teething problems!

    • redlilly says:

      Just been picked out of the queue for one of these machines at Brisbane Airport… it was super easy and quick, only problem was the body scanner – with the guy in front – who kept insisting he had nothing in his pockets, but kept pulling stuff out like some magician! This is when I really feel sorry for the security agents. Painful.

      When in action, they are always the quickest (for me) at Heathrow T5. Seems that LCY may be having some teething problems as you say.

  • Kiwi Abroad says:

    Welcome to the Real World England. Loads of countries don’t make you take your liquids out. Queues and/or delays don’t seem to be any longer because of it. And it helps a lot that those working don’t have an anti traveller attitude too

    • Will says:

      Possibly valid, but also quite possible that Britain sees itself as more likely to be targeted by this form of terrorism.

      Erring on the side of extreme caution is probably wise with air travel.

      • Novice says:

        But that doesn’t really make sense. I have been to places where when I travel back they don’t even check my hand luggage or anything and UK insists on checking everything properly. Surely, there’s more danger/threat coming in to UK if UK is target. Going out of UK if there’s terrorists onboard then wouldn’t the destination country be the target as well ad passengers I guess.

      • DaveJ says:

        How many people died from terrorism last year versus eg car accidents?

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