(24 Jun 2021)
Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Doha, Qatar, has
installed new screening technology at its security checkpoint.
The new screening lane, which has been installed
at HIA’s transfers’ hall, is part of HIA’s Smart Security
Programme, which aims to deploy advanced solutions across the
wider airport campus and as part of HIA’s airport expansion.
The new technology does not
require passengers to remove either liquids or larger electronic
items from their bags and will allow for faster passenger
processing by providing the possibility for up to six passengers
to load their items into trays at the same time.
incorporates passenger boarding pass scanners prior to screening
that enable a range of benefits, one of which is to electronically
‘tag’ each passengers’ belongings to their boarding card to ensure
the belongings are tracked.
Once passengers remove their
possessions from the tray, the system scans the tray to ensure no
items are left behind. In the unlikely event a passenger loses an
item, an investigation can then be conducted on
The technology further advances passenger security
and customer service as it incorporates a shoe screening
capability conducted in only a few seconds without the need for
passengers to remove their footwear.
experience is also enhanced by a remote screening management
system for cabin baggage that aims to continually keep the system
belt moving, even during the image evaluation process. As the system provides a high detection and low false-alarm rate,
contributes to fewer random checks.
The scanner is also fitted
with UV-C modules to disinfect each and every tray before
passenger use. This system in particular is being fast tracked at
HIA, and the airport will be one of the first global airports to
roll it out across all of its departures and transfers passenger
screening lanes later this year.
Mr. Saeed Yousef
Al-Sulaiti, Vice President of Security at HIA, said, “With the
passenger experience at the core of HIA operations, we are always
searching for ways to elevate the passenger journey. The
introduction of this advanced technology is born out of our
growing partnership with the leading technology expert, Smiths
Detection, and represents our shared dedication to creating and trialling technological solutions for the delivery of a seamless
and secure experience at important checkpoints throughout the
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).
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