SOUTHEND Airport passengers will be able to pack more liquids in their cabin baggage thanks to newly unveiled security equipment, it has been revealed.

London Southend Airport has installed a new technology called C3 which means travellers will be able to pack electrical items such as laptops, iPads, and tablets in their bags as well.

The airport has also announced further security upgrades, as all passengers will pass through security after being checked by a body scanner.

As a result of these new installations, holiday-goers can leave liquid items up to two litres in their cabin baggage.

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Marc Taylor, acting chief exec of London Southend Airport said: “We are dedicated to providing our passengers with the safest and most operationally efficient travel experience.

“We are thrilled to be one of only two major airports in London to have successfully made this transition across our security department.

“The introduction of C3 screening, along with 100 per cent body scanners, marks a significant technological step forward and creates an even easier customer experience through our quick and easy terminal.”

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “The process for the screening of passengers is always being improved.

“The introduction of the new cabin baggage technology will help airports to ensure that these screening processes are as efficient as possible.” 

The move follows an announcement that airline easyJet will be opening a new base at London Southend Airport.

It will allow easyJet customers to travel to six new holiday destinations in the summer of 2025, including Pisa, Gran Canaria, Marrakech, Antalya and Dalaman in Turkey, and Enfidha in Tunisia.

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This will be the tenth base it has opened in the UK and it will have three 186-seat Airbus Neo aircraft.

Departures for the new destinations will start from May, 2025.

According to London Southend Airport, easyJet will operate more UK flights than ever before with 57 million seats and 70 new routes this year across the country.

As a result of the new base, roughly 130 jobs for pilots and crew will be created in the area.