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New technology to end random security searches of cabin baggage at airports?

Smiths Detection today unveiled a new X-ray machine it claims will mean the end to random searches of travellers' cabin luggage at airports.

Its HI-SCAN 6040aTiX advanced checkpoint screening solution is the first in the industry to be awarded the new European Explosive Detection Systems (EDS) certification EDS CB C1 for its automated explosives detection capability.

The move, it says, means that airports using the system can dispense with random searches using additional explosive trace detectors or dogs, thanks to its advanced detection system, which it claims "significantly enhances airport security while also speeding up the inspection process and boosting throughput".

Additional benefits for airports, says Smiths Detection, include cost savings for administration and maintenance, as there is no need to use threat image projection to review operator performance.

It adds that the new equipment helps maintain high levels of operator performance as the complexity of X-ray images remain consistently the same, aiding threat detection.

“We are delighted to be the first in the industry to receive EDS CB C1 certification," comments Cameron Mann, Smiths Detection's global market director for aviation.

"Regulators are looking to next-generation detection technology to handle ever evolving threats and we are proud that they have recognised our ability to keep passengers safe.

"We’re continuously working to meet the highest industry standards with our security solutions, ensuring passengers can travel safely and securely, while also helping lighten the load for airport operators.”

ECAC is focused on moving towards automatic detection of explosives in cabin baggage through the latest standards.

EDS CB C2 systems will take automation a step further, meaning that electronic devices such as laptops can remain in bags.

By introducing the new EDS standards, ECAC is both increasing the security level at aviation checkpoints whilst also facilitating operational improvements. 

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