Changi Airport trials new security screening tech

24 May 2016 by Clement Huang

Changi Airport is conducting trials on new security screening technologies to expedite the screening process in Terminal 3.

There are three main systems being tested. First, is an upgraded CT security screening for hand-carry luggage. Currently, passengers are required to take electronic devices such as laptops and tablets out of their hand-carry luggage for screening. However, thanks to advanced 3D screening technology, the new CT equipment allows passengers to keep such devices in their bags, thereby saving them time.

A second innovation is an Automated Tray Return System, which presents trays to two passengers simultaneously during the start of screening. Following each screen cycle, the trays are automatically returned to the line, thereby removing the need for security officers to manually bring the trays back to the start of the screening belt.

Thirdly, enhanced body scanning is being tested.  The new machine is able to detect both metallic and non-metallic items. Furthermore, the machine is able to pinpoint the location of a concealed item’s location – allowing security officers to zoom in on the identified area to check the item. 

“At Changi Airport, we take safety and security seriously and are committed to maintaining the highest standards. We work very closely with the authorities to review and adopt new advanced technologies and process innovation to improve security screening and enhance the passenger experience at Changi,” said Alan Tan, Changi Airport Group’s vice president of Aviation Security.

“The data and passenger feedback we collect from the trials will help us assess the effectiveness and operational efficiencies of these new systems, before we ascertain their suitability for implementation at the airport.”

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Clement Huang

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