Other airports in Europe have introduced or are planning to introduce modern scanning systems. This means great convenience for travelers, because the changes allow, among other things, to loosen the ban on bringing liquids in packages larger than 100 milliliters on board. Will the revolution also come to Polish airports? The Civil Aviation Authority (ULC) informed that the decision on the possible introduction of new security control devices belongs to airport managers.
Amsterdam-based Schipol has already introduced modern CT X-ray scanning systems using 3D technology. Great Britain late last year announced that by June 2024, most UK airports must have high-tech scanners.
Teesside Airport in the north-east was the first in the UK to take such a step earlier this year England. It was later joined by the much busier London City Airport. In turn, the tests took place in the largest British port, Heathrow.
Great convenience for travelers
This is important information for travelers. The new scanners allow for the lifting of some restrictions on air travel, including it is forbidden to bring liquids in packages larger than 100 ml on board.
At London City Port, travelers passing security checks may carry in hand luggage liquids in packages up to two liters. In addition, they do not need to put cosmetics in a separate bag.
The changes also make it possible to relax the rules for the transport of electronics. Travelers do not have to remove devices from their carry-on baggage during security checks.
Will the revolution at airports soon also come to Poland?
The decision rests with airport managers
The Civil Aviation Authority informed us that “the applicable regulations do not impose specific types of equipment used for security checks. Airport managers independently select scanners from equipment that meets the requirements of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1998 of November 5, 2015”.
Therefore – as indicated by the Civil Aviation Authority – the decision on the possible introduction of new security control devices belongs to airport managers. “The Civil Aviation Authority does not decide on the type of equipment used for security checks at airports, but checks whether it meets the requirements set out in the above-mentioned regulations” – added.
The ULC emphasized that “the installation by airport managers of modern EDS standard 3 cabin baggage control devices (sometimes called CT scanners) would allow them to abolish the limits on the carriage of liquids”. It was also noted that the ULC does not introduce volume limits for transported liquids.
“The airport manager may abolish the limits on the carriage of liquids on his own, but only on the condition that he has devices that allow for effective control of the safety of liquids, meeting the requirements set out in EU civil aviation security regulations,” it was explained.
What about Polish airports?
Therefore, we decided to ask representatives of the largest airports in Poland about possible changes for travelers, and thus whether they plan to purchase modern scanners.
“Gdańsk Airport is watching with interest European airports that are piloting abolition of liquid limits during security checks. This is a very interesting and expected solution, especially by passengers. For now, however, serious delays in security checks are being observed” – told TVN24 Biznes Agnieszka Michajłow, spokeswoman press release of the company Port Lotniczy Gdańsk.
As she pointed out, the systems often reject passengers’ luggage for additional checks, which significantly extends this check. “The fact is that lifting the limits involves the purchase of new, very expensive x-ray equipment, so we must make such decisions carefully and prudently” – noted Mikhailov.
“We are convinced that this will be the future, but we still need some time to implement these solutions. For now, we are not making any binding decisions regarding the purchase of new scanners” – summed up the spokeswoman for the Gdańsk Airport company.
Błażej Patryn, spokesman for the Poznań airport, pointed out that the abolition of the liquid limit is directly related to the investment in a new generation of electronic security control devices.
“At the moment, we are reconnaissance of the market and offers. The airport in Poznań is currently rebuilding its financial situation after the pandemic period, as well as in the face of compensation paid under OOU (limited use area – ed.). Therefore, it is difficult to determine at the moment when the investment in such a new infrastructure will be made” – said the spokesman for the airport in Poznań.
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