Munich airport has installed a total of five new CT scanners across its Terminals 1 and 2, as it progressively moves to roll out the new-generation security technology by 2026.

The three new CT scanners in Terminal 1 and two in Terminal 2 join two 3D scanners which have been in operation in T2 since 2019.

Germany’s second busiest airport said that a further ten phases between now and summer 2026 would see a total of 60 CT scanners installed across 48 security lanes.

An update has also been provided on the rollout of CT scanners at Bavaria’s other airports, with Nuremberg having installed its first machine earlier this year, and is also set to be fully upgraded by 2026. Meanwhile Memmingen airport will acquire the technology “during the next structural expansion”.

Munich airport said that a double lane equipped with CT scanners can handle up to 520 passengers per hour, an increase of around 160 per cent on current systems.

Commenting on the news Bavaria’s Transport Minister Christian Bernreiter, said:

“We have subjected the technology to extensive tests, and the results are unequivocal: Passengers like the scanners because they no longer have to unpack their laptops and liquids, which makes the checks must faster.

“Moreover, the CT scanners provide additional security by seamlessly and automatically detecting explosives and other dangerous items.”

In the UK the Department for Transport has set a deadline of June 2024 for major airports to replace existing 2D screening technology with more advanced CT security scanners, which will both remove the need for passengers to remove liquids and large electrical items from their hand luggage, as well as enabling the lifting of the 100ml limit.

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