To increase aviation security and improve passenger experience, AvSec is introducing a range of new equipment and screening procedures.

Advance Imaging Technology (AIT), also known as 'body scanners', has been rolled out across New Zealand’s larger airports.

Body scanners do not use X-rays (ionising radiation). Instead, they emit low intensity electromagnetic waves that do not penetrate human skin, but are able to detect prohibited items worn or carried on a person. This will help make passenger screening more effective and efficient, as it can identify the exact location of any item – reducing the number of times we need to do a full pat-down.

As threats get more sophisticated, so too does our technology to combat them. AvSec is rolling out Computed Tomography (CT) scanners, to replace older X-ray technology for baggage screening. The three-dimensional imaging helps improve the detection of prohibited items and explosives. Internal baggage content can be examined on screen from a range of angles, and to a higher resolution than previously.

Camera film could be damaged by the CT scanners at security screening. Pack film rolls, cameras or video devices that use film in your check-in luggage.

Improved trace detection systems are also being acquired to help improve the ability to detect trace explosives.

To improve security, help speed up passenger screening processes and improve passenger experience, AvSec is rolling out new Smart Lanes across our larger airports. Smart Lanes have a number of efficient features including automated tray return systems and the ability for several passengers to unload their items at once, helping speed up the queues.

As passenger numbers continue to grow, AvSec is stepping up to make sure travel in New Zealand stays safe and secure.

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