New cabin baggage screening equipment on trial at London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport is trialling a new cabin baggage screening system to enhance the passenger journey. The new screening technology will allow passengers to leave liquids and laptops within their bags as they pass through security. This is expected to reduce contact arising from baggage searches and further improve the airport’s processing time. The new process will also support social distancing by reducing grouping, while enabling customers to travel through to the departures lounge more efficiently.

The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX by Smiths Detection is cutting-edge computed tomography (CT) cabin baggage screening equipment which is being trialled alongside an automated tray handling system, the iLane.evo, to further reduce contact points along the terminal journey.

Glyn Jones, CEO of Stobart Aviation, said: “This approved technology enhances our customer journey by providing confidence during this challenging time. Our priority is safety and the machines are another step to preparing for passenger operations to resume when the time is right.”

Also commenting on the trial, Smiths Detection’s Global Director for Aviation Richard Thompson said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has not taken away the need for security screening at airports. In addition to providing Southend with solutions that will help to heighten security screening, the equipment will provide operational efficiencies and passenger experience improvements that will benefit the airport, travellers and operators as air travel picks up and long into the future.”

The integrated security lane at London Southend Airport includes:
HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX – a cabin baggage screening system that uses CT technology to provide advanced explosives detection and low false alarm rates. The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX has both TSA AT-2 certification and ECAC EDS CB C3 approval – the highest defined security standards in the industry.
iLane.evo – a flexible and smart lane system with automated tray return and modular divestment counters so multiple passengers can put their belongings down for screening at the same time.

The CT equipment is currently in use in one lane at the airport security checkpoint with plans to follow with the adoption of the technology for all security checkpoints if successful.