Teesside Airport has become the UK’s first airport to remove the 100ml limit on liquids when passing through airport security.

The previous 100ml threshold on liquid containers has been upped to 2 litres for hand luggage, thanks to two cutting-edge C3 scanners fully operational in security. 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.

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, Teesside has cut the limit as part of a pilot scheme. This move has reduced queues and the detailed 3D scans of baggage will also improve passenger safety.

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.”