PASSENGERS could soon be able to pass through Jersey Airport without taking liquids or laptops out of their hand luggage – as part of a £3 million project to improve customer facilities and upgrade security technology.
Ports of Jersey is this week starting work on the project, which will see new baggage screening equipment installed and several changes made to the airport’s layout.
The car hire desks will be moved back to the arrivals terminal, where the café and play area used to be before the pandemic.
Self-service bag drop facilities will be introduced in departures and the information desk – as well as Jersey Post and forex services – will be moved next to the café in the check-in area.
Work will then begin to install new cabin baggage screening equipment, which will eventually allow liquids and laptops to be scanned while remaining in passengers’ hand luggage.
The existing rules for liquids and electronics will remain in place until the new equipment has been tested and all security staff have been trained to use it.
However, this process has already begun and Ports hope it will be complete before the equipment becomes mandatory in June 2024.
Passenger services manager Maria Le Tiec said: ‘We are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to improve the passenger experience, hence our significant investment in these improvements.
‘Passengers need to be aware that services in departures and arrivals will be moving in the coming months and the area will look a little different as these changes are made. This work will ultimately improve our passengers’ experience and facilitate work on the new security equipment.’