Airport security revamp promises smoother experience for travellers

Security upgrades are now underway at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) with the installation of security infrastructure.

The installation of next-generation Leidos equipment is designed to offer a smoother customer experience enabling passengers to travel through security without the need to remove items from their cabin baggage.

LBA expects to have the new equipment in full operation in February 2024.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has directed that UK airports must comply with the new passenger and cabin baggage security screening requirements by June 2024.

In addition, LBA will see the installation of new body scanners, e-gates and smart automated tray return systems enhancing the customer journey.

The system will provide automatically fed trays to passengers removing the need to unpack cabin baggage while having a constant flow of movement improving efficiency and reducing waiting times.

Damian Ives, chief operating officer & accountable manager at Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “We want to ensure every passenger travelling through LBA has an easy, stress-free start to their journey.

“This investment is an essential part of streamlining our processes and making travelling through LBA an easier and more pleasant experience for everyone.

“We’re sorry for any disruption and grateful to our passengers for their patience while we complete these vital improvements to our facilities.

“We would advise customers to arrive three hours prior to departure, although not any earlier, while work is ongoing.”