New security upgrade could reduce single use plastic at Heathrow

Heathrow Airport has ramped up its security by sinking USD 63 million (GBP 50 million) into enhancing its current set-up with the latest in cutting-edge computed tomography (CT) tech, which could have a knock-on effect of reducing single-use plastic within the hub.

The new equipment, which will be rolled out over the next few years, will mean we could see the return of passengers storing their laptops and liquid in their carry-on luggage when they go through Heathrow’s security checks, due to the improved imaging capabilities of the tech.

Furthermore, this could also mean a drop in single-use plastics within the airport, as passengers will no longer need to keep liquids in plastic bags.

Heathrow chief operations officer, Chris Garton, said: “Heathrow has a proud history of investing in making every journey better and that’s why we’re delighted to be rolling out our new CT equipment. This cutting-edge kit will not only keep the airport safe with the latest technology but will mean that our future passengers can keep their focus on getting on with their journeys and less time preparing for security screening.”

“A safe and smooth travel experience”

Aviation minster, Baroness Vere (main image, centre) added: “Passenger safety remains our top priority and this programme clearly shows the huge importance we place on security. This innovative new equipment will ensure Heathrow continues to provide a safe and smooth travel experience for passengers, as we look to roll out this new screening technology at airports across the country.”

Heathrow has been working with the Department for Transport (DfT) to trial the technology since 2017 and is the first UK airport to trial the technology and is working with the DfT to help other airports up and down the country as they look to begin trials of their own in the coming months.

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