Smarter scanning technology and automated processes will speed up travel through the security area
Gatwick Airport has announced the launch of its new £45m South Terminal Security area.
The large, high-tech security area for the South Terminal will include 15 standard lanes for passengers, two dedicated lanes for families with young children and passengers with reduced mobility, and two lanes for premium travellers.
Smarter scanning technology and automated processes will speed up travel through the security area by 25 per cent - increasing the passenger capacity for each of the 19 new lanes to 250 passengers per hour.
A spacious preparation area has been positioned ahead of the main security area specifically designed to help passengers get themselves ready to go through security. Large plasma screens giving instructions in five different languages also help passengers understand exactly what they can and can’t take through security.
In addition, passengers travelling through the new security area in the South Terminal will benefit from security access gates where passengers simply swipe their boarding card or Smartphone displaying their boarding card.
There are also colour-coded lanes with screens displaying the actual queue time, enabling passengers to choose the lane they want to use.
Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers said: "For many people, going through airport security can be their least favourite part of flying."
"That’s why this Government is committed to reforming the way these necessary checks are regulated, enabling airports to come up with more passenger-friendly processes while still maintaining the same high levels of security."