The new control equipment that AENA is going to implement in the coming months will speed up queues at airport controls and improve the traveler experience.
The new 3D X-ray scanner technology will land at the end of 2023, initially at the Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona-El Prat airports, the busiest in Spain, with almost 40% of passengers entering or leaving the airport. country as a whole. The next one will be the one in Palma de Mallorca, third in traffic, and then it will gradually be deployed in the rest of the Aena network facilities, so its travelers will not have to carry liquids, aerosols and gel (LAG) in bags transparent in your carry-on luggage or take out your mobile devices.
State-of-the-art scanners use the Automatic Explosive Detection System for Cabin Baggage (EDSCB) technology, which, through the use of X-rays, generates high-resolution 3D images for detailed inspection. , of a quality comparable to that of opening luggage directly. The project is part of the investments included in the Airport Regulation Document (Dora) that was presented in September 2021 and which contemplates incorporating state-of-the-art technologies in the operational management of airports and the improvement of all processes in their facilities.
The limitation of liquids, aerosols and gels in hand luggage to 100-milliliter containers, in a one-liter capacity transparent bag, was introduced in November 2006, after in the summer of that year on August 10, a terrorist plan to blow up about ten planes mid-flight between London and the United States using liquid explosives was dismantled in the United Kingdom. It was supposed to be a 'temporary' rule that has been extended over time, for successive extensions, now reaching 16 years, becoming a cause of inconvenience to passengers and long queues at airport control points, due to the fact that many travelers forget it or do not fully comply with it.
The airports of Palma de Mallorca and Málaga-Costa del Sol will have the new scanners in 2025 and those of Gran Canaria, Tenerife Sur, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Alicante, Ibiza, Menorca, Valencia and Bilbao in 2026.