New security scanners at Edinburgh Airport

Main process unchanged, new scanners are additional level of security

Edinburgh Airport has introduced new state-of-the-art body scanners to improve the speed and efficiency of the airport security experience.

Edinburgh has installed L3 scanners for security checks
Edinburgh has installed L3 scanners for security checks

Created by L-3 Security & Detection Systems, the scanners are now fully operational and will result in less physical searches and speed up the entire security process.

Edinburgh Airport has been working hard over the last two years to improve the security process following the Department for Transport’s legislative decision on airport security scanners. Last year, the airport installed E-gates, as well as facial recognition cameras to enhance the security process and track queue time.

Julie Matthews, Head of Security at Edinburgh Airport, said: “We’re committed to ensuring the safety of our passengers by continually reviewing and improving our security process.

“New technology is a key part of this and these new security scanners will be hugely beneficial in improving the passenger experience by reducing the number of body searches and speeding up the process.

Although the main security process will remain unchanged, the new security scanners will act as an additional level of security. If a passenger passes through the security archway and is found to still be carrying an item likely to activate the metal detector – for example, a belt buckle, mobile phone or watch – the archway alarm will sound.

The passenger will then be asked to remove the item and enter the new security scanner, which will scan for any additional items. If cleared, passengers will be allowed to carry on and collect their belongings before making their way into the departure lounge.

Thomas M. Ripp, president of L-3 Security & Detection Systems, said: “We’re pleased to supply our advanced security scanners to Edinburgh Airport. We have a long-term partnership with the airport and support their commitment to security and next-generation technology.

“With over 1,000 ProVision® ATD and ProVision® 2 systems deployed worldwide, this market-proven technology offers the ideal balance between addressing regulatory requirements and meeting airport operational demands.”