New security screening technology from Smiths Detection has been installed at Canberra Airport to boost passenger safety and reduce wait times.

Head of Aviation, Michael Thomson, said Canberra Airport has world-class security processes and the new machines will provide even better screening of passengers and safer flying. 

“Canberra Airport is open for business with around 100 flights per week and now it is even safer and easier for you to make your flight,” Mr Thomson said. 

“The new machines have reached the highest level of security certification, and eliminate the need to remove liquids, aerosols, and electronic devices like laptops from cabin bags. 

“Several passengers can put their bags down simultaneously for screening, compared to the previous system where passengers had to wait for their turn. 

“The passenger pauses briefly as they pass through the body screening machine and it provides a safe full image for operators to review.”

Mr Thompson said that combination of the screening data and automatic algorithms to assist in guiding operators to items of interest, make new screens a powerful security tool. 

“We have invested in the new technology as part of our ongoing improvements to passenger experience – without compromising on safety – and to meet new government regulations regarding security screening at airports,” Mr Thompson said. 

“They also allow for better utilisation of staff while increasing the security outcome for everyone.”

Canberra Airport continues its body temperature scanning of all passengers with thermal cameras at security, this is one of the many measures the airport is taking to be a COVID-19 safe environment.

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