Published on October 18th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
New Passenger Security Screening System at Shannon Airport
Time spent going through passenger security screening at Shannon Airport is set to be halved, thanks to a new €2.5 million investment in a state-of-the-art security screening system. The new high-tech security screening system makes the removal of laptops and liquids from cabin bags a thing of the past and combined with the latest technologically advanced security scanning equipment, it reduces touchpoints and will make the passenger journey through security quicker and easier.
The project which required considerable planning took five months to complete. It involved the installation of the latest in security scanners by Rhode and Schwarz, and the installation of EDS for Cabin Baggage C3 Xray technology by Smiths Detection, with an automated tray return system. As part of the project new larger airport trays designed to hold cabin bags have replaced the smaller airport trays. With this new system all liquid, gels, aerosols, creams, pastes and baby food, medicines and special dietary products that would previously have had to be put into clear sealed plastic bags and presented separately to hand luggage can now remain packed in cabin bags. The restriction on liquids of more than 100ml no longer applies, and passengers can travel with larger quantities of liquids as long as they fit into a cabin bag. In addition, electrical items, laptops and tablets no longer have to be separately screened and can remain in cabin bags which of course means fewer trays per passenger.
Commenting on the new security system, CEO of the Shannon Group, Mary Considine said, “We are very proud of this project which uses cutting-edge technology and is expected to considerably shorten the dwell time in the airport’s security screening area. We are very grateful for the support we have received from the Department of Transport to enable us to carry out this project. It is the latest in a €17 million programme of works underway at the airport campus. Among these are a new €12.7 million Hold Baggage Screening facility which will be completed shortly, a series of airfield upgrade works, the extension of an airside covered walkway, and the upgrade to the customs channel and exit into the arrival’s hall in the terminal building. All of these projects are designed to futureproof the airport in the years ahead.”
The installation and operation of this latest technology is a further boost to Shannon Airport which continues to be at the forefront of innovation and “making it easy for our passengers”. Since 2016 Shannon Airport has been and still is, the only airport in the world to operate a combined European compliant and US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) compliant checkpoint system which means the passenger is screened once to both regulatory standards and therefore eliminates the additional screening requirements which apply at other preclearance airports.