Heathrow Airport Installs Narcotics Detection System

25 March 2010 (Last Updated March 25th, 2010 18:30)

London Heathrow Airport in the UK has installed an automatic narcotics detection system, which can detect narcotics without opening bags. Morpho Detection's XRD 3500 will be used to detect selected baggage arriving in the UK from high-risk narcotics-producing and trafficking countries.<

London Heathrow Airport in the UK has installed an automatic narcotics detection system, which can detect narcotics without opening bags.

Morpho Detection's XRD 3500 will be used to detect selected baggage arriving in the UK from high-risk narcotics-producing and trafficking countries.

The system automatically pinpoints the exact location of potential narcotics without opening bags or disturbing contents, and reduces the need for canine and hand searches.

The XRD technology is designed to combat narcotics smuggling and reduce inspection times, allowing airports to inspect more luggage with fewer personnel.

The system will enable the airport to identify materials based on their molecular composition, and will be able to detect potential threat substances such as powders, solids and liquids.

The UK Border Agency Deployed has partnered with Morpho Detection to install the machine for Class A narcotics detection.