New Airport Tech Could Screen Your Luggage While You Shop

By Tom Pritchard on at

One of the most annoying things about airports, aside from having to get there so early and the obscene cost of everything inside, is getting through security. Or rather, the queue before you get to the machines. Well as ever tech might help solve that problem, letting you go off and do some duty free shopping while someone scans your hand luggage.

The government has set aside £3 million for new research designed to help detect hidden explosives. The aim is to speed up bag screening at airports, without compromising the high levels of security involved. Proposals include portable versions of the tech that are capable of screening items in places other than regular security checkpoints, and systems that can scan laptops and tablets without them being removed from bags first.

It all sounds great, though I can't help but wonder how scanning bags while people shop is going to work. Obviously this new tech probably won't need you to remove anything from your bags, but you'll still have to go through security - emptying your pockets and removing any clothing that contains metal (like belts). You'll still have to do all that, which takes time. And if the people in front of you have been dawdling there's still going to be a queue to go through the metal detectors and/or body scanners.

But there's nothing wrong with making airport security quicker, easier, and (hopefully) less intrusive. Now if only they could do something about the price of water in the terminals, that'd be great. [London Evening Standard]

Image: Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr

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