Holidaymakers have been promised air travel with 'less hassle' as cutting-edge security equipment is introduced to all major UK airports.
Boris Johnson today unveiled plans to introduce new 3D scanners in just over three years. Passengers may eventually be allowed to keep liquids and laptops in cabin baggage as they go through security.
The Prime Minister said the measures would cement the UK's position as a global hub for trade, tourism and investment.
Holidaymakers have been promised air travel with 'less hassle' as cutting-edge security equipment is introduced to all major UK airports
'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,' he said.
The new scanners, boasting far sharper imagery, are being trialled at Heathrow. The Department for Transport is insisting all major UK air terminals follow by December 1, 2022.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: 'The new screening equipment will improve security and make the experience smoother and less stressful for passengers.
'It could also mean an end to passengers having to use plastic bags, or rationing what they take away with them.'
At present, passengers can only carry liquids in containers holding 100ml or less, which must be put in a clear bag before being screened.
Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality and chair of the Tourism Alliance, said: 'The new technology being rolled out should make for a smoother, more enjoyable passenger experience and will bolster the UK's international reputation as traveller-friendly.
'Having passed through security more quickly, and with less hassle, passengers will be able to relax and begin to enjoy their holiday sooner,' she said.
Heathrow chief executive John Holland Kaye said: 'We're proud to be at the forefront of this new generation security equipment.
'This technology will transform the passenger experience, making air travel simple, streamlined and more secure through the UK's only hub airport.'