Smiths Detection will supply Belfast International Airport (BFS) with its 3D X-ray scanners and a smart automatic tray return system

The 3D images produced by the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX will allow passengers to leave liquids and large electronics in their carry-on baggage as they pass through security. Coupled with an automatic tray return system, the technological upgrades will revolutionise the passenger experience at the airport, Smiths said. The systems will be rolled out in line with the UK government’s mandate to introduce computed tomography (CT) X-ray scanners.

In addition to speeding up security, the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX is the most energy-efficient scanner of its type on the market, featuring low noise levels, zero vibration, and a 30% higher belt speed than other CT X-ray scanners – helping to promote a calmer checkpoint. The iLane smart automatic tray return system delivers a steady flow of trays and provides a seamless checkpoint journey by reducing queues and improving operational efficiency at the passenger checkpoints. 

Today’s news follows the announcement that VINCI Airports, Belfast International Airport’s owner, will be investing £100m to improve operational efficiency, passenger experience and environmental performance at the airport with the construction of a new security building and upgrades to the passenger terminal.

Nabeel Gill, head of security at Belfast International Airport, said, “Belfast International Airport plays a pivotal role for aviation, tourism and the wider local economy. We are committed to sustainably developing the security standards of the airport and increase operational efficiency. This new generation of technology will ensure a safe and efficient experience for our passengers.”

The airport is 11.5 miles northwest of Belfast 
The airport is 11.5 miles northwest of Belfast  Vinci Airports