Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) in South Korea has trialled Smiths Detection’s computed tomography (CT)-based carry-on baggage scanner HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX at its Terminal 2 Transfer Inspection Center.

The airport also conducted a trial of the new ultraviolet (UV) light tray disinfection kit.

As South Korea’s largest airport, IIAC is committed to upgrading its passengers’ safety standards while preparing for its Terminal 2 expansion.

The advanced baggage screening systems were trialled for over seven weeks, which concluded in June this year.

Smiths Detection’s new UV disinfection kit proved to kill up to 99.9% of microorganisms, including coronaviruses that can be found on trays at checkpoints.

The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX produces high-resolution volumetric 3D images that perform a detailed on-screen inspection.

Using a lower false alarm rate, the system reduces the overall rejection rate and need for physical re-inspection. This significantly reduces the touch points during security screenings.

Existing automated tray handling systems can be retrofitted with the UV light tray disinfection kit to kill harmful microorganisms on trays, containing the spread of contagious diseases.

The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX has received approval from ECAC EDS CB C3 and achieved the highest level of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) AT-2 certification.

Smiths Detection Asia managing director John Tan said: “The future of air travel depends on protecting the health and safety of all passengers and staff, and this partnership is committed to this task.

“CT technology will enhance checkpoint security and speed up passenger screening processes. Passengers will now be able to leave liquids and electronic devices in their carry-on bags, transforming screening processes into quicker, more contactless ones.

“We’re confident that Smiths Detection’s technical expertise, industry experience, and solutions like the UV kit will enable IIAC to meet the industry’s highest security standards while safeguarding passenger wellbeing.”