New security barriers to protect Heathrow Airport

Category: Safety and Security
Posted By :  Administrator  On  January, 09 2015

Two new sophisticated security systems are making their world debut at the UK’s biggest airport, it was announced today.  An enhanced detection portal or arch and a new three-dimensional X-Ray machine have been introduced at Heathrow by airport operator BAA.  They represent strong preventive barriers to any possibility of explosives and weapons being taken on board aircraft.  As passengers enter the detection arch, air is blown across their bodies and clothing, gently dislodging trapped particles and vapours.   Any residue is drawn into the machine and analyzed for substances within seconds.   The new X-ray machine offers a three dimensional screen image of a passenger’s hand luggage, giving security staff an enhanced view for detecting any prohibited items.   


BAA director of security, Lan Hutcheson, said : “ I have high hopes for both these systems and subject to trials here, I look forward to their wider introduction across our airports.  These latest equipment shows that we are constantly looking to enhance our security through these new technologies.”  

Under the trial, pass angers will be selected at random to go through the detection portal where they stand for a few seconds before a clear signal is given to the security operator.  The 3D X-Ray machine requires staff to wear special glasses to gain the enhanced view on screen, Again, passengers are being selected to have their bags screened this way. 

Lan Hutcheson said, “While no airport in the world can guarantee 100% security, we are confident these new technologies along with existing measures keep BBA at the forefront of airport security.” 


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