Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) in the Dominican Republic has chosen technology solutions provider Leidos to modernise its security checkpoints.

Under the contract, Leidos will upgrade all the security lanes of the PUJ Terminal B checkpoint.

Leidos will deploy the Pro:Vision 2 people scanner, as well as the ProPassage automated tray return system and an automated CT scanner for cabin baggage, called ClearScan, at each checkpoint.

Currently, PUJ is equipped with Leidos’ desktop explosive trace detector, B220.

The technology firm said that its Mosaic enterprise software solution will integrate the complete security ecosystem and connect with other elements of operations at PUJ.

PUJ welcomes more than four million tourists each year. The airport is said to have opted for Leidos’ solutions in response to anticipated growth in the near future.

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According to Leidos, its technology will boost operational efficiency and passenger throughput at the airport.

PUJ landside and cargo operations director Alberto Smith said: “Tourism is vital for Punta Cana – we want travellers to have the most seamless and enjoyable experience when they visit, starting at our airport.

“Working with Leidos will enable us to provide the most secure checkpoints, with the highest passenger throughput at the lowest operational cost. This will assure our passengers can quickly get through security and onto their departing flights with minimal interruptions.” 

Installation of the technology is slated to begin later this year, and a number of the Terminal B checkpoint lanes will be upgraded by the end of the year.

Work on the rest of the lanes will be concluded in the first half of 2023.

Leidos senior vice-president Bradley Buswell said: “Leidos understands the importance of seamless travel from curb to gate.

“By utilising our innovative capabilities, passengers will no longer need to remove electronics and liquids from carry-on bags, thus allowing greater efficiency and more time before boarding their flights.”