The major UK airport has announced it is installing computer tomography (CT) security scanners over the next few years.
The technology, similar to CT scanners used in hospitals, will give airport staff a clear picture of a bag’s contents.
They will replace the traditional X-rays used to check bags, and will produce 3D images that can be rotated and dissected by staff.
Other airports including Luton are also due to trial the scanners.
Heathrow chief operations officer, Chris Garton, said: “This cutting-edge kit will not only keep the airport safe with the latest technology, but will mean that our future passengers can keep their focus on getting on with their journeys and less time preparing for security screening.”
Aviation Minster Baroness Vere added: “Passenger safety remains our top priority, and this programme clearly shows the huge importance we place on security.”
The technology is already being used in the US, including Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport and Chicago’s O’Hare.
The US Transportation Security Administration hopes to deploy 300 of the scanners by 2020.
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