Smart security arrives at Fiumicino Airport
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Posted: 6 March 2023 | International Airport Review | No comments yet
Passengers are now able to carry liquids even larger than 100ml in their hand luggage, as well as computers, tablets and mobile phones without having to remove them from their suitcases, thereby improving the throughput of security screening, as well as the passenger experience.
A hi-tech revolution is taking place at Fiumicino Airport, where security checks before boarding, at Terminal One, are even quicker and easier. Indeed, thanks to a technology that performs a real ‘CT scan’, passengers are now able to carry liquids even larger than 100ml in their hand luggage, as well as computers, tablets and mobile phones without having to separate them from their suitcases.
The new technology, introduced last year for frequent travellers, has now been extended to all passengers departing from Terminal 1, which hosts about 70% of departures from Fiumicino.
The installation of C3 standard Explosive Detection System hand baggage screening equipment has been completed after a period of testing.
This is the highest security standard for hand luggage screening, which will increase the level of security and further enhance the passenger experience. The new machines, which use X-ray scanners to obtain a computer tomography of the baggage, are capable of producing high-resolution 3D volumetric images with automatic detection of potentially dangerous substances, making even more effective and faster the ability of security screening staff to analyse them.
Installation of the new technology is now under way at Terminal 3 security checkpoints and will be completed there within the year – with the exception of flights bound for the USA and Israel, which are subject to specific screening procedures.
Ivan Bassato, Chief Aviation Officer of Aeroporti di Roma, said: “The installation of new technologies with a view to smart security aims at making passengers’ experience at the security gate even more effective and streamlined, also confirming that our approach to service quality cannot disregard innovation, an enabling factor of ADR’s industrial strategy. The investment in the new C3 machines for hand luggage screening – together with the revolutionary QPass system for booking appointments at the security checkpoints and the GRASP’s sensor system for dynamically directing passengers to the lane of fastest service – represents a further step in our path and is part of the broader panel of innovation projects that Aeroporti di Roma is implementing to design the airport of the future”.
New technologies, Passenger experience and seamless travel, Security