Birmingham Airport is installing Computed Tomography (CT) X-ray scanners as part of a £20 million security screening upgrade. The technology, supplied by Smiths Detection, will enable passengers to leave liquids and electronics in hand baggage from June 2024.
The new security checkpoints will feature Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX, a CT X-ray scanner that produces high-resolution volumetric 3D images for quicker and deeper baggage assessment and low false-alarm rates.
“Once built and operational in June 2024, our new pre-flight screening area will further enhance our already high standards of security as well as improve the efficiency of our operation,” said Stephen Barker, Development & Construction Director, Birmingham Airport. “This improved efficiency will enable us to process customers quickly, especially at peak travel times. Customers will no longer be required to remove liquids and laptops from hand luggage. We have selected Smiths Detection because of their proven track record in developing leading technology that improves safety and efficiency, and their commitment to work with us and continue the journey of improvement for many years to come.”
Other new solutions to be supplied to Birmingham Airport include the iLane, an automatic tray return system, and additional X-ray systems which will also be deployed at staff and visitor checkpoints.
“We’re delighted that Birmingham Airport has selected Smiths Detection to provide it with leading technology to enhance security outcomes and improve efficiency for a smoother passenger experience,” said Andy Evripides, Smiths Detection UK Head of Market. “Smiths Detection was awarded this contract due to our leading-edge technology solutions, consultative design process, innovative five-year support service, as well as our ongoing commitment to future technology enhancements such as automatic threat detection algorithms that can be easily integrated into our technology.”
Birmingham Airport’s security upgrade is in line with changes in the UK regulation that will require the adoption of CT passenger checkpoints to airports by June 2024, allowing passengers to bring up to two litres of liquids in carry-on, and eliminate the need to remove electronics and liquids in bags.