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Leave devices, liquids in your bag: trial begins at Melb airport

Tullamarine trials Aust airport first technology

Melbourne Airport has become the first airport in Australia to trial new technology that aims to improve efficiency at hubs by allowing flyers to leave their electronic devices and carry-on liquids in their bags among other things. 



Developed by screening technology company Smiths Detection, the Checkpoint Computed Tomography (CT) and automated lane technology is the result of the integration of three of the firm’s offerings, and hopes to deliver better security while improving the passenger experience.


“Thanks to the pilot program we are able to better understand how in the future passengers can pass through security screening without having to divest their items, which simplifies the start of the traveller journey right from the outset,” Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy said. 


“As Australia’s busiest 24/7 airport we will continue to find ways to implement new technology and upgrades that will improve the traveller experience from the road to the runway.


“The quality of x-ray imagery and software functionality is also superior to what we have seen previously and will certainly shape the way the aviation industry works in the future, and we look forward to sharing our findings with airports globally.”


Traveltalk saw the system in place this week at Tullamarine’s Terminal 4, and thought the process convenient and certainly more efficient.


“Melbourne Airport saw over 36 million visitors in FY17/18, with a strong outlook for further growth. This growth will lead to a continued increase in the number of passengers travelling through Melbourne Airport, and our technology can aid in improving their safety and convenience,” Smiths Detection managing director Jordan Thrupp said.


“We look forward to assisting the Australian aviation market in understanding, and using CT technology, particularly as the Australian government works towards enhancing aviation security screening regulations.”


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 30 November 2018

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