London City Airport (LCY) has launched a competition with a £10,000 prize for the best innovation of a new, sustainable, sealable bag to be used at airport security. This is part of a larger campaign to make LCY the most sustainable airport in the UK. The deadline for the competition is 16th December 2019. The winner will have their product trialled at the airport in early 2020 and potentially win a commercial contract to supply their product to LCY passengers.
In other sustainability efforts, LCY has converted all of its coffee waste into biofuel as well as becoming the first UK airport to ban single-use plastic straws.
Currently, the CT scanning technology that will allow liquids to be scanned through hand luggage and therefore circumvent the need for single-use plastic bags, is still in its infancy. Until this is introduced in UK airports on a widespread level before the end of 2022, plastic bags will continue to be a fixture at airport security.
More than 2 million single-use plastic bags are used by passengers every year at LCY. If single-use plastic bags are supposedly a necessity at airport security, then why are they not, at the very least, reused? Since the introduction of plastic security bags in UK airports in 2006, there should have been a bigger push to encourage passengers to reuse these plastic bags yet no such messages are displayed in UK airports. Wasteful culture needs to be addressed by engaging the public in behaviour change alongside policy reform and technological developments.