Cabin baggage screening equipment on trial at London Southend Airport  

(Photo: London Southend Airport)

London Southend Airport (IATA: SEN) is trialling a new cabin baggage screening system. In the lane where the equipment is being trialled, passengers will find they can leave liquids and laptops within their bags as they travel through security.

The airport said this may also reduce contact arising from baggage searches and further improve passenger processing times, while also supporting social distancing requirements by reducing grouping.

The new computed tomography baggage screening equipment is the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX. Supplied by Smiths Detection, it is being trialled alongside an automated tray handling system, the iLane.evo, which will also further reduce contact points along the terminal journey. The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX has both TSA AT-2 certification and ECAC EDS CB C3 approval, which are currently the highest defined security standards in the industry.

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.”

Commenting on the trial Smiths Detection’s Richard Thompson, global director for aviation 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.”