Suvarnabhumi Airport streamlines security checks

15 Sep 2009

Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport yesterday introduced the Centralised Security Screening System (CSS) aimed at expediting passenger flow by four to five times faster than previous procedures.

The new arrangement has consolidated a number of checkpoints, which were situated in various sites, into one station with many security lanes, X-ray machines, metal detectors and bomb-detection equipment. The main facility is now located after passport control.

CSS has brought down the number of passenger security screening points to six from 12, which were formerly positioned at 12 concourses near the duty-free areas and boarding gates.

Three are now found at departure halls on the fourth floor (the busiest areas) of the terminal – west and east – two at international transit areas and one at the domestic-international transit point.

Airport managers believe that CSS will help passengers better manage their time before boarding and relieve them of worrying how long the screening would take.

However, travellers taking certain airlines are still subject to secondary screening before entering the boarding gates to comply with their security standards. These include El Al Israel Airlines, United Airlines, Qantas Airways, British Airways, Kuwait Airways and the Indian carriers.

The basic protocols of bringing liquids and gels onboard remains, and passengers may be asked to remove their shoes in line with new CSS requirements.

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Margie T Logarta

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