Security checks have never been as involved as they are now — from taking shoes off to separating toiletries and liquids — and there’s no such thing as seamlessly making your way through.
But it looks like things are about to get a little simpler for holidaymakers thanks to new technological advances being introduced at some airports.
Scanners using computed tomography and 3D imaging will allow passages to leave iPads, laptops and even liquids in their carry-on luggage when going through airport security, which is expected to reduce the security waiting times.
The new scanners made by company Analogic, have been certified by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and are also expected to increase safety and security at the airport, too.
“With record-breaking air travel numbers and new threats to the public, it is ever more important to deploy cutting-edge technology that can evolve with the security landscape,” Analogic senior vice president, Jim Ryan, said.
The technology will be trialed in the United States airports in Chicago and Los Angeles before being rolled out to others.
The new technology allows screeners to see a 3D 360-degree view of the contents of passengers' bags, ruling out the need to remove items.
Another company called Cobalt Light Systems have similar machines being rolled out across Europe and the United Kingdom.
Until they’re introduced to your local airport, here are a few ways to make sure your trip through security goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.
- Arrive at the airport early in an attempt to avoid the crowds
- Be prepared. If you are travelling with liquids and laptops, have them ready to put in the trays provided
- Wear slip-on shoes, so if you do have to take them off, they’re easy to put back on again
- Check-in online. This is a particularly good idea if you’re not checking in any luggage
- Weigh your bag ahead of time so you're not caught at the desk having to remove items
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