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SAFETY & SECURITY Last modified on August 7, 2018

Enhancing security

Airport World takes a closer look at a handful of the latest security developments at gateways across the globe.

New centralised security area opens at Prague Airport

A new Centralised Security Checkpoint has fully opened in Prague Airport’s Terminal 2 just in time for summer.

Now all passengers flying to Schengen Area countries will have to go through the new security checkpoint, which the airport claims will “significantly increase” its handling capacity while “improving passenger comfort”.

The new checkpoint is the airport’s largest development project to be implemented at Terminal 2 since it opened in 2006 and was part of a 7.7 million upgrade that included new technologies and structural modifications to the terminal.

The new security area has a total of eight fully automated and six manual X-ray lines capable to handling up to 2,500 passengers per hour – 40% more than previously.

“In the future, we intend to introduce other major modern technologies within the new security checkpoint area,” says Vaclav Rehor, chairman of the board at Prague Airport.

“For example, we plan to purchase body scanners and, where relevant, replace manual lines with automatic ones, which could further increase our passenger handling capacity in the future.”

Securing Southampton

CTS UK has taken over the provision of security services at Southampton Airport, including central search, hold baggage screening, vehicle searches and airport patrol.

The airport, owned by AGS Airports Ltd, is used by over 10 airlines and tour operators which serve around 40 direct European destinations. Passenger numbers reached 2.08 million in 2017.

James Hogg, executive director of operations, ICTS UK & Ireland, said; “This is an exciting new contract for ICTS and we welcome on board the new staff who have joined us. We look forward to the upcoming busy summer season and supporting Southampton Airport and their business vision for the future.”

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Global equipment trial

Tokyo Narita is the latest gateway to successfully trial ConneCT, Analogic’s next-generation CT scanner in the first half of 2018.

It is widely believed that CT scanners are set to replace aging technology systems currently in airports, becoming the new standard of safety and security for the travelling public worldwide.

The Analogic ConneCT CT scanner, launched in 2017, has automated threat detection capabilities and a touchscreen interface.

“Current technology is simply beyond its lifecycle,” says Mark Laustra, vice president of global business development and government relations. “CT technology represents a significant leap in both imaging and automated threat detection, giving screeners the information they need to identify prohibited items and potential threats and keep passengers safe.”

Analogic has a 50-year pedigree in medical and aviation security CT technology, leveraging its experience to provide medical-grade CT imaging and the most advanced threat detection available for airport checkpoints.

Free Running Explosive Detection Dogs

Dogs that are capable of detecting minute traces of explosives concealed in air freight are being deployed in cargo sheds at British airports as the UK government introduces its latest measure to reinforce aviation security.

Free Running Explosive Detection Dogs (FREDDs) working in close partnership with their human handlers are being used to check freight for a range of explosive materials.

The dogs are being used alongside existing screening methods, offering a rapid and effective way of screening large volumes of air cargo.

Each animal has to undergo twelve months of rigorous training to achieve government certification before being deployed in the cargo sheds.

UK Aviation Minister, Baroness Sugg, says: “Free Running Explosive Detection Dogs are the latest addition to the government’s multi-layered approach to tackling potential aviation security threats.

“The UK’s aviation security standards are already among the best in the world and we will continue to seek out new and innovative ways to ensure that passengers remain protected.”

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