Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in France is testing the ultraviolet (UVC) automatic tray disinfection technology from threat detection and security screening technologies provider Smiths Detection.

Smiths Detection is conducting this trial in partnership with Groupe ADP, formerly known as Aéroports de Paris.

Groupe ADP is responsible for running and developing three major Paris airports, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget.

The UVC system, which has been integrated into the current iLane tray return system, has been on trial in Terminal 2E since last September.

Prior to the trial period, Smiths Detection’s UVC kit installation was verified by an independent laboratory commissioned by Groupe ADP and sanctioned by certification firm APAVE.

The UVC lights do not cause any exposure risk to passengers or airport workers due to their casing design.

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Furthermore, this technology can be deployed easily and quickly into current tray handling systems.

Smiths Detection’s UVC light kits can kill around 99.9% of microorganisms, including SARS CoV-2, present on baggage trays at the airport’s security checkpoint.

This technology, which has been installed in numerous airports, sterilises trays automatically when they are being carried back to the divest station from the reclaim areas.

Smiths Detection market head Gabriel Pequignot said. “We have already been working closely with several international airports to deliver the necessary enhancements to their screening process in response to the pandemic.

“Easily deployed, UVC lights are extremely effective in reducing the transmission of any bacteria or virus that be might be on the surface of trays.”

In April, Smiths Detection introduced a new lithium batteries algorithm for its dual-view air cargo and checked-baggage screening system named HI-SCAN 10080 EDX-2is.

The algorithm enables HI-SCAN 10080 EDX-2is to automatically detect lithium batteries in all freight and baggage during the screening process for explosives.