London Stansted to Trial Fully Compostable Security Bags
London Stansted is to become the first major airport in the UK to trial the use of fully compostable security bags for passengers carrying liquids in their hand luggage.
If successful, the new product could replace the 11 million non-compostable plastic bags which are currently handed out in the terminal every year.
Since 2006, it has been a legal requirement for passengers to place all liquids, aerosols and gels in containers of no more than 100ml into clear, re-sealable bags in their hand luggage. London Stansted has worked closely with the Department for Transport and Civil Aviation Authority to approve the trial of the compostable bags for use in security.
The trial is the result of ideas put forward by airport security colleagues Daniel Bryan, Carol Morgan and Edita Andrews, who suggested more sustainable options could be considered for security bags, and to encourage passengers to only take as many bags as they need for their journey.
London Stansted staff will be distributing 50,000 of the compostable bags to passengers during one of the busiest weeks of the year for the airport as the Christmas getaway starts to take off.