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More seamless airport experience for SYD flyers?

New CT scanning trial follows carry-on test

Following a successful carry-on bag screening test, Sydney Airport is partnering with Smiths Detection in a ‘live’ trial to enhance checked luggage security using Computed Tomography (CT) scanning.


The high-speed hold baggage automatic explosives detection system (EDS) trial will be undertaken at Terminal 1 and be the first of its kind among Australian airports. 


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“CT scanning allows operators to quickly and accurately ascertain the contents of a bag without needing to physically open it,” Sydney Airport operations general manager Matt Duffy said.


“That means faster and more efficient processing and, in turn, a more seamless airport experience for our passengers. 


“We’re committed to continuing to invest in cutting-edge technology to ensure not only a smoother journey for travellers, but the highest possible standards of safety and security.”


According to Smiths Detection, the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT device to be used in the test creates high-resolution 3D imagery that provides “low false alarm rates, high automatic threat detection and enables an accurate analysis of the bag’s contents”.


“Sydney Airport is the country’s busiest airport, handling as many as 44.4 million passengers in 2018,” Smiths Detection Australia and New Zealand managing director Jordan Thrupp said. 


“We are confident that our technology will provide a higher level of detection capability, speed up bag processing and help improve the airport’s operational efficiency, futureproofing security operations for Australia’s major aviation hub.”


The trial of CT technology on carry-on baggage, which allowed passengers to leave electronic devices and liquids in bags, was “successfully” completed on 14 October 2019.


Earlier this month, Melbourne Airport became the first major airport in Australia to go live with CT screening technology for carry-on baggage in Terminal 4 following a trial in 2018. 


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 27 October 2019

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