London Gatwick's 32.9* million annual passengers to speed through security with Smiths Detection’s 3D X-ray scanners

Once technology is phased in passengers will no longer need to remove liquids and electronics from carry-on baggage

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Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security screening technologies, today announces that following an extensive trial, it has been awarded contracts to supply London Gatwick with HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX carry-on baggage CT X-ray scanners that will be phased in on all security lanes throughout the airport. 

Major UK airports have been given a deadline of mid-2024 by the UK government to install computed tomography (CT) X-ray scanners. 

Due to the new regulations and the scanner’s computed tomography (CT) 3D X-ray technology, over 30 million passengers who use Gatwick every year will be able to leave liquids and electronics in their bags. The introduction of the scanners will also see the 100ml limit on liquids removed, allowing travellers to bring a wider range of products with them through a much quicker security screening process.

This is due to the CT scanner enabling passengers to leave liquids and laptops in their bags, 3D rotatable images helping security personnel quickly identify potential threats, and a belt speed of 0.2m/s, which helps improve the speed with which passengers pass through security. Smiths Detection also worked closely with London Gatwick to design the concept of operation for passenger security as to provide the highest level of safety, operational efficiency and the optimal customer experience. 

Additional features of the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX include low levels of energy consumption, low noise levels and zero vibration to improve the checkpoint experience for both passengers and security operators. 

Andy Evripides, Head of Market UK and Ireland, Smiths Detection said: “We are delighted to be supplying London Gatwick with our industry-leading CT scanner. Following 18 months of on-site testing, our technology achieved the highest throughput, meaning more passengers can pass through security faster while delivering the highest level of security.”

Cyrus Dana, Head of Airport Security, London Gatwick said: "Our top priority is the safety of our passengers and the security of the airport. This cutting-edge, new generation of technology will ensure a safe and robust experience for our passengers. The new equipment is both safer and greener and we look forward to phasing it out across London Gatwick. “We continue to work to drive efficiency and resilience throughout the airport and give every passenger an enjoyable and effortless experience.”



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About the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX:

The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX is an advanced screening of carry-on baggage using CT (Computed Tomography) X-ray to deliver a high level of explosive detection and can allow for cabin baggage to be scanned without removing electronic devices and liquids – expediting the screening process. ECAC EDS CB C3 approval and featured on the TSA's CPSS QPL & APL for base, medium and large configuration checkpoint CT checkpoint screening systems. The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX is the most energy efficient checkpoint CT on the market, helping to lower the total cost of ownership and reduce customer energy demands compared to similar products.

About Smiths Detection:

Smiths Detection is a global leader in threat detection and screening technologies for aviation, ports and borders, urban security and defence. With more than 70 years of field-tested experience, Smiths Detection delivers the solutions needed to protect society from the threat and illegal passage of explosives, prohibited weapons, contraband, toxic chemicals, biological agents, and narcotics – helping make the world a safer place. 

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