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June 24, 2021updated 29 Jun 2021 5:05pm

Qatar’s Hamad Airport introduces new baggage screening technology

The passengers will not be required to remove liquids or larger electronic devices from their bags.

Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar has collaborated with Smiths Detection to equip its security checkpoint with a new baggage screening technology.

With this new deployment at HIA’s transfers’ hall, passengers will not be required to remove liquids or larger electronic devices from their baggage, enabling quicker passenger processing.

The technology will allow up to six passengers to load their belongings into trays simultaneously.

In a statement, the airport said: “It also incorporates passenger boarding pass scanners prior to screening that enables a range of benefits, one of which is to electronically ‘tag’ each passengers’ belongings to their boarding card to ensure the belongings are tracked.”

The system has been designed to scan the trays after the passengers take back their items to ensure no possessions are left behind.

In case someone loses an item, a quick investigation will be initiated on their behalf.

Furthermore, the solution comprises a shoe screening capability that eliminates the need for passengers to take off their footwear.

A new screening lane has been introduced under the airport’s Smart Security Programme.

The aim of this programme is to introduce modern screening technological solutions across the airport.

The airport has also introduced a remote screening management system for cabin baggage.

It supports the continuous movement of the system’s belt even during the image evaluation process.

Besides, it offers detection and a low false-alarm rate, leading to fewer random checks.

For sanitising trays before passenger use, the scanner has been equipped with UV-C modules.

HIA claimed that it would be among the first international airports to deploy this system across all its departures and transfers passenger screening lanes later this year.

In a statement, HIA said: “As part of its partnership with Smiths Detection, HIA was the first airport in the region to install Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX, which offers advanced screening of carry-on baggage at security checkpoints using Computed Tomography (CT).”

Recently, HIA formed a joint research partnership with Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Science and Engineering (CSE) for optimising passenger services at the airport.

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