The European Union will soon allow a limited category of liquids, aerosols and gels to be carried on flights. This has been made possible by the adoption of new liquid screening technologies across EU airports.
Recent EU legislation requires the introduction of screening at EU airports by January 31, 2014 for a limited category of liquids in a phased manner.
The first phase will be limited to the screening of duty-free liquid products carried in officially sealed tamper-evident bags and liquids carried for medical and essential dietary purposes.
Heathrow Airport Limited has purchased advanced liquid scanners manufactured by Battelle for use in its airports at London, Aberdeen, Glasgow International and Southampton. Many Scandinavian countries have also purchased the scanners.
Battelle’s scanners received approval for use in EU airports in December 2012.
In addition to Battelle, many other companies such as UK based Kromek and Cobalt Light Systems have also received approvals for their scanners in the EU.
In the US, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently awarded a $6.8 million contract to Maryland based Smiths Detection for new liquid-scanning systems though it is not clear if the restrictions on carrying liquids will be lifted soon.