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Perth Airport is upgrading its security measures with new passenger screening infrastructure that will increase efficiency at its terminals.

The new advanced security screening equipment is being introduced as part of the Federal Government’s mandate to further strengthen Australia’s domestic and international aviation security.

Perth Airport CEO, Kevin Brown, said the airport’s top priority is to ensure the safety and security of passengers and their loved ones who come to the airport to see them off.

“The new state of the art equipment has been designed to enhance airport security by improving the efficiency of the screening process and detection levels,” Mr Brown said. 

“The upgrades include new body scanners, walk-through metal-detectors, an x-ray machine, explosive trace detection systems and secondary viewing stations with ETD.

“The implementation of this more sophisticated, faster body scanners at domestic screening points will require passengers to walk between two walls, pause, and stand straight in a relaxed pose. The scan will take less than a second.

“The body scanners can detect all foreign matter, both metal and non-metal, carried by a person to within a millimetre of the skin, and then pin-point it on an outline of the person’s body illustrated in the form of an avatar or ‘stickperson’.

“As was the case when the last round of security processes were implemented in 2012, the new equipment and what will be required will take some passengers to adapt so we may see some delays at screening.”

Another major improvement will be the introduction of CT scanners for all international and domestic carry-on baggage, eliminating the need to remove computers and aerosols from bags for the screening process.

The new CT x-ray machine will use 3D technology to ease detection of suspect goods in passengers’ carry-on bags.

Usually, travellers must remove laptop and tablet devices, as well as aerosol cans, from their luggage before the security screening.

Mr Brown said that the new system will allow travellers to leave those items in their luggage, allowing for less hassle and speeding up the process.

“The CT x-ray screening process differs from today due to all items needing to be broken down into the tray, therefore dedicated goods screening lanes utilising existing screening equipment will be provided as part of the project.

“Since Covid, Perth Airport had introduced an enhanced cleaning regime of its trays, and a new automated tray return system will make the process quicker and reduce the customer’s contact with the trays during screening.

“In preparation for these upgrades, we had conducted a comprehensive trial of various equipment.

“We’ve worked hard to progress with the upgrades at T1 Domestic and International so they will be ready to go by the end of January – just in time for borders re-opening in February.

“However, we will be closing areas of the current screening points at T2, T3 and T4 this year, which may create congestion particularly around peak FIFO movement periods.

“We ask passengers to be patient and allow extra time for screening as we progress with this important security upgrades.”

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