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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.

Comments (80)

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  • Jon says:

    The quoted article with the increase in scan times is talking about the switch from metal detectors to scanners for people not bags. Luggage is normally fast, but the full body scanners are definitely slower

    • lcylocal says:

      It may make sense to have more body scanners per luggage scanner, maybe three scanners per two lanes?

  • ADS says:

    A few months ago departing from Heathrow (T2 i think) I was told NOT to take anything out of my hand luggage for the X-ray machine.

    Was very confusing!

    • John says:

      Same, at Christmas time. I presumed they had installed a 3D scanner as the entire belt arrangement looked very new. The scanner appeared to be quite large too.

  • JimmyJimmy says:

    I am correct in thinking although still a 100ml per item limited there is no longer a restriction in number of items (number that can fit in the plastic bag).
    Outward journey obviously, not too bad for Mrs J coming home as she will finish/ leave a lot of bottles of stuff in hotels (sun creams etc)!

  • Matty says:

    Ever tried travelling with just about nothing? A few years ago, I was popping up to Edinburgh to see my mate for a few beers. All I had was my wallet and boarding pass – no watch, no phone, no passport, no hand luggage. I had a change of clothes at his place, so no need to carry anything.

    Of course I pinged as I went through the arch. Shoes off and re-screened. Security wanted to swab my luggage and thought it deeply suspicious when they saw my near empty tray. Had to take a seat and a police officer appeared up a few minutes later for a chat…

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      It was the fact you were travelling to Scotland without an umbrella. Deeply suspicious.

    • lcylocal says:

      Surprised this was seen as unusual. People at my organisation regularly fly up to Scotland for a meeting and back the same day. And vice versa. I would prefer the train but flying does often work better for day trips. Particularly through London City.

      • AJA says:

        I’ve just realised that your profile name is referring to LCY ie the airport. For some reason my brain always reads the initial letter in your name as a capital “I” not a capital L so you’re an icy local to me 🙂

        • Peter K says:

          I always viewed it as Icy as well!

          • Nick says:

            People going for a work day trip are likely to have a laptop, notebook, etc. The poster above was suspicious because he didn’t have anything, not because it was a day trip.

          • lcylocal says:

            Ha. Yes it’s the airport. Having moved I’m not actually that close these days, LGW is probably equally convenient although further away. But I always enjoy a trip through City.

  • Bob says:

    Heatrow is testing these as well. In some lanes, they tell people to not take out anything, and body xray scanners are different. Similar to big ones but works faster and more open, not a closed cabinet.
    Not to takeout anything from the luggage makes everything faster, it was great. But i’ve seen that many more people’s luggage went to detailed check section and they put them twice to the machine, which makes it worse for those people.

  • James Harper says:

    Great news about Teesside, only one problem I can see about it, there’s no where to fly to from the backwater.

    • Nick says:

      There are very few parts of the world that can’t be reached from MME. One of their anchor carriers is KLM, with massive connectivity at AMS. In this respect it’s actually better than the much bigger LPL, which doesn’t really have network carriers any more, other than a token a-few-a-week LH flights to FRA.

    • lumma says:

      You can only fly to places beginning with A. Alicante, Amsterdam and Aberdeen

  • DaveJ says:

    Good to see some levelling up. Mike Hunt will be pleased

  • JtR says:

    The limit is funny because this ‘next gen’ technology has been in use for years in other countries like Ireland with no liquid limit.

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