Northern England’s Teesside Airport (MME) has stolen the March on bigger airports to become the UK’s first to entirely do away with the 100ml limit on liquids when passing through airport security.
It will now be easier for passengers to fly from Durham’s Teesside, as the previous 100ml threshold on liquid containers has been upped to 2 litres for hand luggage. This change is thanks to two cutting-edge C3 scanners fully operational in security.
Security scanner upgrade
These high-tech scanners also remove the requirement for creams and cosmetics to be placed in separate bags, or for laptops and other electronic items to also be taken out ahead of scanning.
The UK government previously set a June 2024 deadline for airports to install new security technology to be able to handle the new rules when they come into force, to reduce hassle for passengers.
With both airport security lanes running 100% on the new scanners already, Teesside has cut the limit as part of a pilot scheme.
This move makes travelling even more convenient and speedy, reducing queues and hold-ups – plus the detailed 3D scans of baggage will also improve passenger safety.
As not all airports are introducing new security technology at the same rate, the government has advised passengers to check security requirements with their airline or destination airport before travelling, as 100ml liquid containers and 1 litre transparent bags may still be required when they travel back to the UK.
Tees Valley mayor comments
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Once again Teesside is at the forefront of developments in the aviation industry, with our C3 scanners in place and already being used in the roll-out of the new rules, coming into force elsewhere next year.”
“Some airports have announced they’re looking to end the restriction in time for the Easter holidays, but we’re one step ahead in having already scrapped the limit – showing how local, regional airports are going further, faster for the people that they serve.”
“Passenger safety and experience is front-and-centre of all we do at Teesside Airport, and these scanners play a massive part in both.
“We’re getting lots of positive feedback from our passengers right now and, as our slate of summer holiday flights begins to ramp up at the end of this month, these scanners will be invaluable to quickly process the hundreds of thousands of people we’re set to welcome through our doors.”
About Teesside Airport
Teesside Airport is an airport located in Darlington, County Durham, in the northeast of England. The airport was originally opened in 1964 and was known as Teesside International Airport until 2019 when it was rebranded as Teesside Airport.
The airport is relatively small and primarily serves regional flights, with several airlines operating from the airport including Loganair, KLM, and TUI Airways.
There are regular flights to popular holiday destinations such as Spain, Portugal, and the Canary Islands, as well as domestic flights to destinations such as Belfast, Aberdeen, and Newquay.
In addition to passenger flights, Teesside Airport also offers services for private and business aviation, including helicopter flights and executive jet hire.
The airport also has a number of on-site facilities including shops, cafes, and car rental services.
Teesside Airport has undergone significant development in recent years, including the construction of a new terminal building and improvements to the airport’s runway and taxiways.
The airport has also received investment to support the development of new commercial and industrial opportunities in the region, making it an important economic asset for the area.