ACI World launches Computed Tomography implementation guide

Posted: 4 December 2019 | | No comments yet

The new document offers guidance on CT technology to help improve efficiency and the passenger experience at security checkpoints.

ACI World launches Computed Tomography implementation guide

Airports Council International (ACI) World has announced the launch of an implementation guide for Computed Tomography (CT) baggage screening technology.

The document offers guidance for airports on the use of CT in order to help improve efficiency and the passenger experience at security checkpoints and highlights the key benefits of the technology in the baggage screening process.

Angela Gittens, ACI World Director General, said: “Demand for air services will double by 2037 and airports are looking for ways to improve efficiency to prepare to meet this demand. CT machines can detect explosives including those concealed in liquids, aerosols, gels and electronic items. They have the potential to streamline screening processes as passengers do not need to divest these items, while maintaining rigorous security standards.”

The Advanced Cabin Baggage Screening/ Computed Tomography (CT) Implementation Guide was developed in cooperation with ACI’s Smart Security Management Group – compromised of some of the world’s most innovative airports, regulators and airlines – and provides a comprehensive summary of the best practices and suggested actions, from procurement to installation and operation, that airports should consider taking before and during implementation.

Due to the technology’s enhanced detection capabilities and the opportunity it provides for passengers to leave items in their bags that previously required to be removed and displayed, countries such as Australia, the Netherlands, Singapore, the UK and the U.S. are all currently leading the way in deploying CT technology within their airports. Trials with CT technology are currently being undertaken in other countries and airports, confirming its popularity on a global scale.

Gittens continued: “While this is a positive step in making the screening process smoother for passengers and baggage, airports and screening authorities should take into account a range of factors to implement the explosive detection solution for cabin baggage. Airports should introduce measures that make most operational and business sense for their particular situation.”

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