Bristol airport spends £11.5m to install new security scanners

Bristol airport has invested £11.5 million in the installation of new security scanners, enabling customers passing through security to keep phones, laptops and liquids in their hand luggage.

All passengers flying from the airport from June 14 will benefit from the new enhanced technology and processes.

They will no longer have to restrict toiletries and liquids to 100ml bottles and will be able to leave laptops, tablets and mobile phones in their hand luggage as they pass through security screening.

Only liquids up to 330ml can be carried because of “outstanding regulatory approval, which is beyond Bristol airport’s control”.

The contents of metal water bottles will need to be emptied.

Graeme Gamble, chief operating officer at the airport, said: “We are delighted all customers travelling from Bristol airport will benefit from state-of-the-art technology being introduced at security.

“The new equipment will reduce customer stress and inconvenience as the need for 100ml liquids to be placed in clear, plastic bags and removed from hand baggage will no longer be required.

“The new process delivers a much more customer-friendly security operation using the latest technology and providing enhanced screening, allowing customers to keep personal items in their hand luggage.

“Customers are reminded that whilst the UK has introduced the new security regulations, on their return from destination airports customers are advised to check the requirements of their departing airport, as these regulations may differ from the UK.”

Bristol airport is investing more than £400 million in customer enhancements over the next five years, including a new public transport interchange, additional multi-storey car park, new retail and catering areas and other improvements.

Last month, Abta advised half-term holidaymakers to stick to current hand luggage rules as so few UK airports were able to offer the new-generation security scanners.

Just three of the 17 airports the Department for Transport ordered to install new 3D security scanners by June had complied – Newcastle, London City and Aberdeen – and another two, Luton and Birmingham, reported they would comply by June, a Travel Weekly survey last month found.

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