The year has just begun and we are already looking forward to 2024 so that passengers at Spanish airports do not have to remove liquids or electronic devices from our hand luggage, as we have now had to do at entry controls . We tell you what it will be like to travel in the near future.
The thing about having to partially unpack the suitcases, with how much it had cost to close them at home, it’s over and we’ll all save time, it’s going to end. Aena has announced that it is going to implement, in the security controls of the airports that it manages, the new scanners with EDSCB technology (Automatic Explosive Detection System for Cabin Baggage, for its acronym in English).
Basically, these X-ray apparatus They generate high-resolution 3D volumetric images that make it possible to inspect luggage without having to deposit certain belongings in separate trays. In addition, they complement the visual inspection of the operator with the automatic object recognitionminimizing false alarms.
However, not only will we not have to remove liquids and electronic equipment from our hand luggage, but the improvement in baggage inspection It will also allow the maximum restriction of 100 milliliters to be lifted liquid that has been in force since 2006 in all European airports.
Scanners with this technology will first be installed at airports in Madrid-Barajas and Barcelona-El Pratwhich concentrate 40% of passenger traffic at the end of 2023 or in the first months of 2024. Later, at the end of 2024, it will be implemented in Palma de Mallorca and then they will gradually reach the rest of the airports in the Aena network , as reported by official sources of the project.
At the moment, they are already being tested in London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports. The United States Transportation Security Administration has also tested it at fifteen airports, including those in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego or Chicago.
In addition to the scanners, AENA also plans to implement automated lines for the management of hand luggage (ATRS), which in Cristianos means that in Spanish airports there will be technology capable of separating suspicious bags from those that are not.
On the other hand, we will also have management and return of trays automaticallyOr what is the same: without the passengers having to worry about them. Besides of remote inspection systemwhich enables the inspection of luggage from a room without the need for the security guard to be physically in the security filter, which will allow him to concentrate more and better.
Cover photo | Briana Tozour
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