Hamad International (HIA) has become the first airport in the region to obtain new-to-market high-tech baggage screening kit.

To get technical, the airport has purchased Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX, which offers advanced screening of carry-on baggage at security checkpoints using Computed Tomography (CT) X-ray.

HIA said it selected this equipment to deliver the highest levels of security and to speed up and improve baggage screening processes, therefore enhancing the passenger experience.

The new cabin baggage screening equipment uses a CT gantry that rotates at a constant speed as baggage is carried through on its conveyor belt. Hundreds of images are taken of each bag to create 3D imagery in real-time, allowing for more accurate assessments of the bag’s contents.

This investment in advanced screening technology allows passengers to keep electronic devices and liquids in their hand baggage, reducing passenger stress and wait times, said HIA, plus it sets a new benchmark for international screening standards.