Thanks to Canarian Weekly – changes from 2024

We have all experienced the inconvenience of going through security control at an airport since 9/11. The increase in security checks have made air travel a nuisance, with long queues due to the requirement to put any liquids in a clear plastic bag and remove electronic devices from hand luggage and place them in a different tray to the rest of your items.

Well, it seems that the days of having to do this are coming to an end in Spain after AENA announced that they are applying 3D technology to replace this process with a significant investment in EDSCB (Explosive Detection System for Cabin Baggage) technology.

These systems are equipped with X-ray technology that generates a 3D image, which facilitates baggage inspection and will prevent electronic devices and liquids from having to be removed from trays when passing security control at airports in the Spanish network.

Currently, all liquids, perfumes, creams, aerosols, foams, gels, shampoos and toothpaste have to go in individual containers with a capacity of no more than 100 millilitres and placed in a clear plastic bag with an opening/closing system, and with a capacity not exceeding 1 litre (which is a bag of approximately 20 x 20 centimetres in size), and only one bag per passenger allowed to be taken on a plane, including children.

In principle, it is forecast that the first scanners will be installed in the Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat airports, as they account for 40% of all air traffic in Spain, and then next year it will be extended to the rest of the network, including the Canary Islands.

The system is already being tested at airports in the Netherlands and the UK, including Heathrow and Stansted, and is expected to be rolled out at all airports in Europe in 2024.

It is also expected that passengers will be able to go back to carrying up to two litres in liquids with no 100ml restriction