We can send a rocket ship into space – and get it back – but we still have to limit the amount of liquids we take through airport security checkpoints and pack our no-more-than 3.4 ounce containers in one 1 quart-sized baggie.
And unless you’ve got TSA PreCheck, you need to fish that baggie of liquids and gels out of your carry-on every time you go through the security checkpoint.
But, thanks to a test going on at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, that may change.
At two security lanes at Schiphol, security officers are using scanning devices and software that allows them to not only see inside a bag, but to turn it 360 degrees and view it from all sides.
At the test lanes, all travelers are being allowed to leave their baggies filled with liquids and gels inside their carry-ons.
If the test works out, Schiphol plans to install the new baggage scanning devices at all 67 of its security lanes by the end of 2017 to speed up everyone’s checkpoint journey.
And if it works there, it’s a good bet other airports will get the modern scanning devices too.