Smiths Detection is to supply Faleolo International Airport, Samoa with next-generation aviation security screening equipment.

The contract has been awarded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which is supporting Samoa by upgrading its security screening to promote tourism and safe travel to and from the Pacific Island nation. The upgrade will also provide security at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (‘CHOGM’) in 2024. 

Faleolo International Airport, Samoa’s largest airport, will receive three Smiths Detection HI-SCAN 6040-2is for carry-on baggage, one CTX 5800 CT X-ray machine for checked in baggage, one 100100T-2is X-ray machine for large cargo and three IONSCAN 600 Explosive Trace Detection systems. The agreement includes staff training and support for maintenance and spare parts to optimise usage and uptime.

The roll-out of the Smiths Detection equipment will be a step forward in safety and security for the airport and help ensure compliance. This will also enable direct flights from the United States to Samoa as the CTX5800 complies with US Federal Aviation Administration regulations, which will meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) security requirements, while the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX will help streamline the security screening experience for those departing Samoa by allowing liquids and large electronics to be left in travellers’ bags.

The New Zealand government is providing Samoa and a further eight Pacific Island nations with the latest Smiths Detection equipment to support aviation security throughout the region.

Installation of the systems will begin in mid-2024. They will be fully operational prior to CHOGM in October 2024.

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