Leeds Bradford airport has provided an update on the installation of new-generation Leidos CT scanners at security.

The airport said the equipment would be fully operational in February 2024, at which point travellers will no longer be required to remove electronic devices and liquids from their hand luggage during security checks.

Leeds Bradford is also installing new body scanners and egates, and the Leidos scanners will incorporate smart tray return systems to help speed up the security process.

The airport is recommending that customers arrive three hours (but not earlier) before their departures while the work to upgrade the security area takes place.

“We want to ensure that every passenger travelling through LBA has an easy, stress-free start to their journey,” said Damian Ives, chief operating officer and accountable manager at Leeds Bradford Airport.

“This investment is an essential part of streamlining our processes and making travelling through LBA an easier and more pleasant experience for everyone.

“We’re sorry for any disruption and grateful to our passengers for their patience whilst we complete these vital improvements to our facilities.”

Last month Leeds Bradford airport announced plans for a £100 million regeneration of its terminal facilities between now and 2026, including “significant refurbishment of the current terminal building”, and a three-storey, 9,500 sqm extension.

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The UK government has set a deadline of June 2024 for major airports to replace existing 2D screening technology with more advanced CT security scanners.

As well as eliminating the need for passengers to remove liquids and large electrical items from their hand luggage, the scanners will also enable the lifting of the 100ml limit on liquids.

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