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From next month, passengers are set to start benefitting from "an enhanced security experience" when travelling through some airports in the Higlands and Islands, it has been announced. 

Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd is investing in body scanners as part of its programme to assist departing passengers, and these will be in place at Benbecula, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway and Sumburgh airports.

Regulations coming into force on 1 June 2024 will require UK airports to upgrade their x-ray screening equipment for baggage and body scanners will become the passenger screening method for many UK airports.

The required equipment will vary by airport and passengers are advised to check the guidance at individual airports after 1 June 2024.

The x-ray equipment at HIAL airports will allow passengers can take liquids in containers of up to 2 litres in hand baggage.

However, these will need to be removed from hand baggage and placed in trays for screening.

Passengers will be able to leave all electronic devices in their hand baggage for screening.

HIAL says: "As everyone gets used to the new security procedures, we advise that anyone travelling through our airports allow more time to pass through security."

Passengers will still be required to remove outer clothing, hoodies, heeled shoes and boots, belts, watches, empty pockets, and place items in trays for x-ray screening.

"Screening equipment will vary at UK airports, and we advise that you check the security procedures for all airports that you will be travelling through in advance of your journey," HIAL says.