Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar has installed new security screening technology that can detect explosive materials in complex items and structures. The technology also permits transfer passengers to keep electronic devices in their hand luggage through the security checkpoints. This is expected to boost the levels of customer service.
Initially, the C2 technology will be implemented at all transfer screening checkpoints after the transfer gates are gradually reopened. This will improve the airport security and inspection process speed and increase the throughput. The implementation of the system will permit the airport to achieve a higher standard for its explosives detection system. The ECAC C2 Detection standard can detect threat materials, including electronic devices that earlier had to be removed from bags.
The bag can be collected from the X-ray machine without the need for re-screening or physical inspections. This system is also expected to decrease cross-contamination amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which requires higher hygiene standards. This will reduce the human contact at the security checkpoints, which in turn safeguards the health of staff and passengers.
Hamad International Airport vice-president for security Saeed Yousef Al-Sulaiti said: “The security process at HIA is continuously improving through the introduction of cutting-edge technologies. “Our goal is to make the travel journey safer, given the current Covid-19 pandemic. During these challenging times, our priority remains to protect passengers while preserving security. “Through the implementation of C2 technology, we can accomplish a more efficient protocol that addresses all passenger concerns. Our passenger-centric strategy helps us continue our investments towards that front while developing solutions that are in the best interest of our people.”
HIA has also planned to install body scanners, which are expected to offer better security outcomes and ease the body search procedures. This technology will reduce the contact amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The airport also plans to introduce a combination of anti-bacterial trays at checkpoints and automated UV emitting modules to disinfect trays.