Britain’s London City Airport has launched an eight-week, £10,000, challenge for innovators to design or further develop a new, sustainable, sealable security bag for use at the airport.
Last year, almost 150 million passengers departed from U.K. airports, each of them required to put their liquids, gels and pastes, of 100ml or less, into a plastic bag for security screening. That means that at London City Airport alone, more than 2 million single-use plastic bags are used by its passengers every year. New security CT scanners will allow liquids to stay in passengers’ bags, but until this technology is more widely used at airports, non-recyclable plastic bags will remain the norm.
The winner of the Sustainable Security Bag Challenge will earn a prize of £10,000, trial their product at the airport, and if successful, earn a commercial contract to supply it for London City Airport’s passengers.
The airport is also seeking views from its passengers on their appetite to use these alternative products. Trials will take place early next year with the winning design.
The competition opened on October 21 and will end on December 16 2019. Declarations of interest are welcomed before the deadline so that during this period, London City Airport can host a roundtable with interested parties to discuss regulatory requirements and specifications.
The bag must be a fully sustainable product (recyclable or compostable), reduce waste, reduce carbon impact in production and disposal, and be ethically sourced.
It must also meet U.K. Civil Aviation Authority regulations which stipulate containers must hold no more than 100ml, they must be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag which holds no more than a liter and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm. The bag must not be knotted or tied at the top.