Standing in line waiting to go through airport security is without doubt one of the most tiresome parts of an exciting holiday.
And perhaps one of the most frustrating things about the process is having to separate our liquids from the rest of our hand luggage.
But it seems that this could potentially all be set to change, as the Daily Mail reports that three airports around the globe are set to trial some brand new explosive detection technology.
According to the publication, new 3D scanners are being tested for carry-on bags, meaning we won’t have to remove liquids or digital devices from our handbags to be screened separately.
These sort of scanners are already being used to check the inside of hold luggage. And using them to check carry-on luggage could mean a more rigorous screening process.
Of the reported news, a Heathrow spokesman told MailOnline, “We continue to look at new technologies that can both improve the passenger experience and strengthen our security.”
So where are the new security measures being tested? 12-month trials are reportedly being tested in Heathrow airport in London – but not in any other UK airports.
They’re also being trialled in New York’s JFK airport, and the Schipol airport in Amsterdam.
If successful, it’s likely that these measures could be rolled out across the world.
It was in 2006 that airport travellers were banned from bringing liquids over 100ml in their carry-on luggage.
Liquids under 100ml still regularly have to be placed in a separate clear plastic bag, in order for them to be properly scanned and checked in security.
Since then, customers have only been allowed to bring liquids over 100ml with them in their checked baggage as they travel.