Expect a travel retail boom: New scanner could end airport liquid restrictions
A new scanner, currently being trialled at London’s Heathrow Airport, could mean passengers can once again carry liquids in their hand luggage without restriction, according to a report published by the BBC.
The trial will last between six months and a year, with dedicated 3D X-ray scanners enabling staff to check liquids without the need to separate them out from hand luggage, as well as detect explosives.
“The UK has some of the strictest security measures in the world, and we are leading the way in using new technology to improve security screening and provide a better experience for passengers,” said a spokesperson for the Department for Transport.
From the cosmetics industry’s perspective, an end to the rules could boost travel retail sales as passengers travelling with hand luggage only will be able to splash out on perfumes and liquid cosmetics without risking their confiscation on the return leg. It will, however, inevitably lead to a reduced need for travel sized products.
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