ACI boosts airport security checkpoints with technology

The new terminal at Nnamdi International Airport Abuja

Airports Council International (ACI) has launched a new implementation guide for Computed Tomography – or CT – screening technology that can help airports improve efficiency and passenger experience at security checkpoints.

The Advanced Cabin Baggage Screening / Computed Tomography (CT) Implementation Guide was developed with ACI’s Smart Security Management Group, which is comprised of some of the world’s most innovative airports, regulators and airlines. It highlights the key benefits of CT technology for the cabin baggage screening process.

The guide provides a comprehensive summary of best practices and suggested actions, from procurement to installation and operation, that airports should consider taking before and during the implementation of this new technology into their existing operations.

ACI World’s Smart Security programme identifies improvements that can be made to the screening process through a combination of existing and emerging technologies.

“Demand for air services will double by 2037 and airports are looking for ways to improve efficiency to prepare to meet this demand,” ACI World Director General Angela Gittens said. “CT machines can detect explosives including those concealed in liquids, aerosols, gels, and electronic items. They have the potential to streamline screening processes as passengers do not need to divest these items, while maintaining rigorous security standards.

“ACI’s Smart Security programme explores how security checkpoints could be designed by providing airports with operationally viable solutions which help maintain security while increasing operational efficiency and passenger satisfaction.

“Smart Security also looks beyond mid-term solutions and focuses on risk-based security concepts, innovative processes, and advanced screening technologies that will help achieve a truly seamless passenger journey through airports.”

Due to its enhanced detection capabilities and the potential for passengers to keep items in their bags, Australia, Netherlands, Singapore, United Kingdom, and the United States are among the countries currently leading the way in deploying CT equipment. Other countries and airports are undertaking trials with CT technology, confirming its popularity on the global level for improved security and passenger experience.

“While this is a positive step in making the screening process smoother for passengers and baggage, airports and screening authorities should take into account a range of factors to implement the explosive detection solution for cabin baggage,” Gittens said. “Airports should introduce measures that make most operational and business sense for their particular situation.”

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