Leeds Bradford passengers to keep items in hand baggage after security revamp

Passengers travelling departing from Leeds Bradford airport will no longer need to remove items such as liquids or laptops from hand luggage from early next year following a security revamp.

As part of LBA’s recently announced £100 million regeneration, the airport is installing “game-changing” security infrastructure, which it expects to be fully operating in February 2024.

It means passengers will no longer need to remove liquids or have them in separate plastic bags, and they will not need to remove laptops or electricals from their luggage.

The new regulations and the new security machines will allow unlimited liquids, instead of the current 100ml rule, but travellers are restricted to containers no greater than two litres.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has directed that UK airports must comply with the new passenger and cabin baggage security screening requirements by June 2024.

The work at LBA will also see the installation of new body scanners, e-gates and smart automated tray return systems.

Damian Ives, chief operating officer and accountable manager at LBA, said: “We want to ensure that every passenger travelling through LBA has an easy, stress-free start to their journey.

“This investment is an essential part of streamlining our processes and making travelling through LBA an easier and more pleasant experience for everyone.

“We’re sorry for any disruption and grateful to our passengers for their patience whilst we complete these vital improvements to our facilities.

“We would advise customers to arrive three hours prior to departure, although not any earlier, whilst work is ongoing.”

A spokesperson added: “Our staff are working with airlines and actively managing any queues to help ensure no one misses their flight.”

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