Leave laptops in your bag through security, says Avalon

written by Adam Thorn | June 17, 2020
Airbus A320NEO Citilink Avalon
An Airbus A320NEO Citilink service at Avalon Airport (Avalon)

Passengers travelling through Avalon security will no longer have to remove laptops from their bag after the airport unveiled another futuristic upgrade to the check-in process.

The new system is designed to speed up boarding and minimise contact with other passengers ahead of an increase in flying as coronavirus border restrictions ease nationwide.

The airport claims to be one of the first to transition towards ‘100 per cent computed tomography technology’ after installing a new Rapiscan CT scanner, body scanner and checked baggage screening.

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The body scanner will use ‘zero-contact millimetre wave’ to automatically detect dangerous items carried on the body or in clothing, while a new baggage screening machine and CT scanner will create a three-dimensional image of a passenger’s baggage.

Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings said, ““This means that going through security is a smoother exercise with less contact.

“The new technology saves travellers the need of having to remove their laptops from their bags as the CT scanner gives our security staff a very clear picture of what’s inside.”

Previously, Australian Aviation has reported that the ambitious airport has introduced ‘touchless’ check-in and bag drop kiosks to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus.

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Passengers will be able to control an on-screen cursor by moving their head, and cameras will certify passports when they’re held up to a sensor, rather than physically inserted.

“Eventually all airports Australia-wide will need to use this technology and we’re proud to be one of the first in the country to implement it fully,” Giddings said.

The ambitious boss has also raised the idea that his airport could be one of just a handful to accept flights from New Zealand as flying slowly begins to resume.

“It would be a far easier experience to manage, a far less risky environment,” he told The Herald Sun.

“People will be itching to travel back and forth.”

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4 Comments

  • David Heath

    says:

    Tullamarine’s T4 installed similar technology late last year with a few interesting benefits – image analysis can be done by ANY operator sitting at any screening console anywhere in Australia (should the local workload get too high). Further, they were discussing shutting down the entire T3 screening area and having the new T4 area work for both terminals.

  • teiemka

    says:

    ……….image analysis can be done by ANY operator sitting at any screening console anywhere in the world (should the local work conditions get too high). 🙂

  • Red Cee

    says:

    Fantastic news. Having to remove laptops and other electronic devices at Airport security greatly diminishes the joy of flying.

  • This is a very great move by Avalon. It will not only make it easier for the passengers, but it is safer for your laptop too. Well, thanks for this great post and information, keep posting great stuff as always!

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