Boris Johnson orders UK airports to end liquids and laptop security routine

Boris Johnson wants new 3D scanners installed promptly.
Boris Johnson wants new 3D scanners installed promptly. Photo credit: Getty Images

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered all UK airports to upgrade their baggage scanning technology to allow for 3D scanning by no later than December 2022.

The new technology uses the most advanced imaging systems available and is said to keep people safer by providing security personnel with better images of cabin baggage.

3D scanning is currently on trial at London's Heathrow airport, and could eventually mean passengers no longer have to remove liquids and electrical equipment from cabin baggage as they pass through security screening.


"By making journeys through UK airports easier than ever, this new equipment will help boost the vital role our airports play in securing the UK's position as a global hub for trade, tourism and investment," Johnson said.

"We are home to the largest aviation network in Europe, with millions of people passing through our airports every year for work, holidays and family visits.

"We're set to streamline those trips with the rollout of this ground-breaking technology – cutting down hassle for travellers and improving security measures."

A full rollout of the new equipment will be completed by December 2022.