New airport security tech brings benefits for passengers

By Ben Carey on 30 May, 2024

Bristol Airport‘s £11.5 million investment in check-in security technology will allow passengers to keep mobile phones, laptops and liquids in their hand luggage.

As of Friday 14th June 2024, passengers will no longer have to restrict toiletries and liquids to 100ml bottles and will be able to leave laptops, tablets and mobile phones in their hand luggage as they pass through security screening.

Graeme Gamble, Chief Operating Officer, Bristol Airport said, “We are delighted all customers travelling from Bristol Airport will benefit from state-of-the-art technology being introduced at security.  The new equipment will reduce customer stress and inconvenience as the need for 100ml liquids to be placed in clear, plastic bags and removed from hand baggage will no longer be required. The new process delivers a much more customer friendly security operation using the latest technology and providing enhanced screening, allowing customers to keep personal items in their hand luggage.

“However, customers should be reminded there are no immediate changes to the rules governing what can be taken through security as a result of this initiative, and the current hand luggage restrictions remain in place until Friday 14th June 2024.

“Whilst the UK has introduced the new security regulations, on their return from destination airports customers are advised to check the requirements of their departing airport, as these regulations may differ from the UK.”

Bristol Airport is investing over £400 million in customer enhancements over the next five years, including a new public transport interchange, additional multi-storey car park, new retail and catering areas and other customer improvements.

New security regulations at a glance:

  • Keep all items in hand luggage bag including liquids up to 330ml (max. size)
  • Mobile phones, electrical items and laptops to remain in bag
  • Empty pockets into bag
  • Contents of metal water bottles will need to be emptied
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