Hamad International Airport (HIA) will install new airport security screening technology that allows transfer passengers to keep electronic devices such as laptops, tablets,  and digital cameras in their hand luggage while going through security checkpoints.

The airport says the new technology also allows security personnel to “easily detect explosive materials held in complex items and structures”.

Qatar’s airport will initially implement the new C2 technology across all transfer screening checkpoints after the gradual reopening of transfer gates.

Once passengers place their bag on the X-ray machine for screening, it can then be collected without any further stops for re-screening or physical inspections.

The new system also reduces possible cross-contamination among passenger carry-on bags, says the airport.

“The security process at HIA is continuously improving through the introduction of cutting-edge technologies. Our goal is to make the travel journey safer, given the current Covid-19 pandemic. During these challenging times, our priority remains to protect passengers while preserving security. Through the implementation of C2 technology, we can accomplish a more efficient protocol that addresses all passenger concerns. Our passenger-centric strategy helps us continue our investments towards that front while developing solutions that are in the best interest of our people,” said Saeed Yousef Al-Sulaiti, vice president – security at Hamad International Airport.

Qatar’s international airport says it is also looking into adopting body scanners that could  “prove to be helpful in the Covid-19 climate as it helps reduce contact during body searches”.  Other technologies the airport says it is exploring includes anti-bacterial trays at checkpoints, and UV emitting modules that will automatically disinfect the trays passengers touch.