31 AUGUST 2020


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Article from BTNews 31 AUGUST 2020

Southend Airport cabin baggage screening trial

A new cabin baggage screening system to enhance the passenger journey is trialling at Southend Airport.

With the equipment being tested passengers can leave liquids and laptops within their bags as they travel through security, a better passenger experience. With social distancing slowing down the total airport transit it is hoped that this aspect will be speeded up.

The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX by Smiths Detection is cutting-edge computed tomography (CT) cabin baggage screening equipment which is being trialled alongside an automated tray handling system, the iLane.evo, to further reduce contact points along the terminal journey.

Commenting on the trial Smiths Detection’s Richard Thompson, Global Director for Aviation said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has not taken away the need for security screening at airports. In addition to providing Southend with solutions that will help to heighten security screening, the equipment will provide operational efficiencies and passenger experience improvements that will benefit the airport, travellers and operators as air travel picks up and long into the future.”

The CT equipment is currently in use in one lane at the airport security checkpoint with plans to follow with the adoption of the technology for all security checkpoints if successful.



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John Jones, West Ham

If this works does it mean that 100ml liquid limit could be scrapped?