Once technology is phased in passengers will no longer need to remove liquids and electronics from carry-on baggage
Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security screening technologies, today announces that following an extensive trial, it has been awarded contracts to supply London Gatwick with HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX carry-on baggage CT X-ray scanners that will be phased in on all security lanes throughout the airport.
Major UK airports have been given a deadline of mid-2024 by the UK government to install computed tomography (CT) X-ray scanners.
Due to the new regulations and the scanner’s computed tomography (CT) 3D X-ray technology, over 30 million passengers who use Gatwick every year will be able to leave liquids and electronics in their bags. The introduction of the scanners will also see the 100ml limit on liquids removed, allowing travellers to bring a wider range of products with them through a much quicker security screening process.
This is due to the CT scanner enabling passengers to leave liquids and laptops in their bags, 3D rotatable images helping security personnel quickly identify potential threats, and a belt speed of 0.2m/s, which helps improve the speed with which passengers pass through security. Smiths Detection also worked closely with London Gatwick to design the concept of operation for passenger security as to provide the highest level of safety, operational efficiency and the optimal customer experience.
Additional features of the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX include low levels of energy consumption, low noise levels and zero vibration to improve the checkpoint experience for both passengers and security operators.
Andy Evripides, Head of Market UK and Ireland, Smiths Detection said: “We are delighted to be supplying London Gatwick with our industry-leading CT scanner. Following 18 months of on-site testing, our technology achieved the highest throughput, meaning more passengers can pass through security faster while delivering the highest level of security.”
Cyrus Dana, Head of Airport Security, London Gatwick said: “The safety and security of those who pass through London Gatwick is our highest priority, which is why we undertook extensive testing of CT X-rays prior to selecting an equipment provider. During testing, Smiths Detection’s scanners proved they meet regulatory requirements, achieve our safety and operational goals, and deliver the best experience for our customers.”