London Gatwick has announced a partnership with a leader in threat detection and security screening technologies, Smiths Detection, to supply state of the art scanners across the airport.
The new scanners will quickly identify potential threats in cabin baggage providing even better images of luggage.
Following an extensive trial, the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX carry-on baggage CT X-ray scanners will be phased in on all security lanes throughout the airport.
The new technology will be more sustainable. There will be no need for single-use plastic bags for liquids and less items will need to be sacrificed at security, reducing waste. The scanners themselves will be more energy efficient and much quieter.
The airport’s investment in new technology means once the new scanners are phased in, the security process will be transformed with passengers no longer required to remove electrical items or put liquids in plastic bags.
London Gatwick already operates a world class security operation, in the first six months of 2023 over 98% of passengers passed through security in under five minutes.
Cyrus Dana, head of security at London Gatwick, said: “Our top priority is the safety of our passengers and the security of the airport. This cutting-edge, new generation of technology will ensure a safe and robust experience for our passengers.
“The new equipment is both safer and greener and we look forward to phasing it out across London Gatwick.
“We continue to work to drive efficiency and resilience throughout the airport and give every passenger an enjoyable and effortless experience.”
Andy Evripides, head of market at Smiths Detection, said: “We are proud to have been selected by London Gatwick to deliver our cutting-edge checkpoint CT X-ray technology, which, when installed, will lead to an improve passengers’ experience and the highest levels of security – helping to make the world a safer place.”
London Gatwick is working with the Department for Transport to upgrade the airport’s screening equipment and processes, with a phasing in across all security lanes in both the North and South Terminals.
Passengers should continue to pass through security following current guidelines, and put liquids up to 100ml in clear plastic bags and remove electrical items.
As not all airports are introducing new security technology at the same rate, the government advises passengers check security requirements with their airline or destination airport before travelling, as 100ml liquid containers and 1 litre transparent bags may still be required when travelling from and through airports and when passengers travel back to the UK.
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