London’s Heathrow airport is trialing glasses-free 3D displays as informational aids in its departure security zone.
The airport installed large glasses-free 3D displays at the entrance to the security screening area in Terminal 1. The displays show 3D images of items such as scissors, tweezers and liquids over 100 ml (approximately 3 oz) that are not permitted on the aircraft.
Glasses-free 3D displays can show 3D images without the viewer having to wear two-color 3D goggles such as those used in 3D movie screenings.
Passengers are also shown how to dispose of such items in the recycling bins before putting their luggage through the scanners.
When banned items are identified during a scan, the passenger’s luggage is rejected and has to be hand searched by a security officer.
This often leads to unnecessary delays. The airport plans to reduce such delays by better informing the passengers about the preparation of hand luggage.
The trial will run for 8 weeks.
“Helping prepare passengers for security saves them time and reduces the chance of having their bag searched. 3D technology is the latest way to help get this message across. Once we’ve analysed the trial’s results we’ll decide whether to expand the technology to the rest of the airport,” according to Richard Harding, Head of IT Innovation at Heathrow, in the official press release.
The displays used in the trial are based on auto-stereoscopic 3D display technology by New York based Exceptional 3D.