London's Heathrow Airport is eliminating one of the worst parts of airport security with new scanning technology
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- London's Heathrow Airport is introducing scanners that can see the liquids and laptops inside your bag.
- This means you don't have to take them out of your carry-on when they get scanned.
- The new regime is currently being tested. Heathrow says it could be fully in place by 2022.
- Restrictions on flying with liquids were introduced after the UK government said it uncovered a 2006 plot to blow up transatlantic flights with liquid bombs.
London's Heathrow Airport announced plans to eliminate a hated part of airport security, by introducing new scanners that can see liquids and laptops inside your bag.Heathrow, one of the world's busiest airports, is investing more than £50 million ($63 million) in new equipment that can better see inside closed bags.
Global restrictions on flying with liquids greater than 100ml (3.4oz) were put in place in 2006 after the UK government uncovered what it described as a plot to blow up several transatlantic flights with liquid explosives.
Three people were convicted in connection to the plot.Then-TSA administrator John Pistole said in 2010 that liquid restrictions were introduced because "the challenge with liquids and the vulnerability that terrorists tried to exploit in August 2006 is that liquid explosives don't look any different than regular liquids on the X-ray monitor."
He said: "The sealed baggie limits the total volume of liquid per passenger and keeps all the liquids in one place so officers can get a good look at them."Read more: We traveled through the biggest airports in New York City and London to see which one was better - and the winner was clear
The technology is in place in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, and Washington-Dulles International Airport, among others.The TSA says that the "machines create such a clear picture of a bag's contents that computers can automatically detect explosives, including liquids."
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