The Gold Coast is set for new technology at the airport, to save us precious time at the security checkpoint.
High-tech, 3D scanners will be soon be installed, to save us pulling out laptops and chargers from our cabin bags.
The announcement follows a successful six week trial carried out in March this year, and hopes to cater for increasing passenger volumes.
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The Gold Coast Airport welcomes almost 6.5 million passengers every year, though that figure is tipped more than double by 2037.
Twelve HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX screening machines will be installed at the passenger screening point during the next three years.
Initial installation will see four CTiX units installed at the existing screening point in April 2020, with the remaining eight units to be installed in line with the opening of the southern terminal expansion and refurbishment of the existing terminal.
Gold Coast Airport General Manager Operations and Service Delivery, Brett Curtis, says the equipment will streamline security processes.
“Because this technology allows bags to be screened without personal belongings like laptops, gels and liquids having to be removed, it results in a significant reduction in wait times at the passenger security checks.
“The trial was successful and we found the scanner worked well from security, operational efficiency and passenger experience perspectives,” Mr Curtis said.
Smiths Detection Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand, Jordan Thrupp, says the company was delighted to have worked with Gold Coast Airport from trial to deployment.
“As the airport completes its expansion, our CT-based checkpoint screening solutions will ensure it stays ahead of regulatory standards and growing passenger numbers, while delivering the best passenger experience to its visitors.
“With Gold Coast Airport as the first in Queensland to contract Smiths Detection’s CT checkpoint solution, we are proud to be continuing to provide support to airports across Australia on their CT transition whether it be for cabin or checked baggage,” Mr Thrupp said.