The installation of new security technology at some British airports has been delayed due to various factors, including issues with the global supply chain and significant building work requirements. However, the government has warned that there will be serious fines for airports that fail to meet the new deadlines. The new scanners, announced in 2018, are able to more accurately detect prohibited items and make security checks more efficient, eliminating the need for passengers to remove items from their hand luggage.

Some airports have faced challenges in meeting the June 1, 2024 deadline due to the slow recovery of the global supply chain from the pandemic. To accommodate the new equipment, certain airports have had to undergo significant building work, including strengthening floors and building new screening rooms. The Department of Transportation has granted a deadline extension for airports to install the new technology, with some extensions lasting up to a year. It is each airport’s responsibility to ensure that new equipment is installed.

The government is considering introducing financial penalties for airports that fail to meet the new deadlines, and powers under the Aviation Safety Act will be explored in the coming months. London City Airport has already completed the installation of next-generation security scanners, allowing passengers to pass through security without having to remove laptops and liquids from their hand luggage. Travelers are advised to check security requirements for liquids and large electronic items at departure airports prior to travel.

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