Going through airport security is never fun, but soon itâll be a little less stressful.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one of the worldâs largest airports, has started testing new scanners for hand luggage that donât require you to take out large electronic devices and liquids. While today you still have to put your laptopÂ andÂ perfumeÂ in a separate basket, the new technology can identify them from within the bag.
The new ClearScanÂ devicesÂ give security personnel a 360-view of content instead of the common top-down X-ray view. This allows them to look at the luggage from all sides, resulting in a more preciseÂ view of the passengerâs belongings.
You still have to place any liquids in a resealable plastic bag, but it doesnât have to removed from the luggage anymore.
For US flyers, the TSAâs rules on laptops are pretty vague, but according to the organizationÂ bigger electronic devices have to be removed if theyâre not in a TSA-approved laptop bag. However,Â sometimes youâll still need to remove them if thereâs a reason forÂ a follow-up check.
If they end up being used in American airports, the new scanners would give TSA personnel a better look at what youâre carrying without wasting time unpacking at security. Hopefully pat downs are the next thing to be nixed.