EU Trial To Pave Way for Relaxation of EU Cabin Baggage Restrictions
A new generation of X-ray machines to screen hand luggage has been deployed in the UK at Manchester Airport, Britain’s largest UK-owned airport operator, in a move which could lead to the relaxation of cabin baggage restrictions (such as the carrying of liquids and keeping laptop computers in cabin baggage) on European flights.
The hi-tech equipment is one of the latest generation of advanced cabin baggage X-Ray systems capable of automatically detecting explosives and liquids. The manufacturer of the machines, Rapiscan Systems, says that its 620DV (Dual View) system “is designed to speed up the whole passenger screening process at airport security checkpoints and automatically detect explosives”.
The 620DV takes multiple images of each item of luggage from different angles for a more complete perspective of the scanned items regardless of their orientation in the X-ray system. This reduces the need to reposition and re-scan bags and helps screeners to more readily identify potential threat objects – leading to increased throughput, fewer delays and less hassle during the passenger screening process. The 620DV is also being deployed at airports throughout the United States.
The performance of the new 620DV allows passengers travelling through Manchester Airport to keep laptops in their bags under an EU backed trial. Strict EU regulations on the carriage of liquids and laptops have been in place at airports throughout Europe since August 2006, when an alleged plot to blow up airliners flying out of London Heathrow with liquid bombs was foiled.
Given the advanced nature of the technology, the 620DV system is also likely to lead the way in automatically detecting liquid explosive threats, helping to pave the way for EU rule makers to relax EU restrictions on liquids and laptops in carry-on baggage over the next two years.