Explosive Detector Technology Shaping Security Solutions in the Aviation Industry

The technology used in the design of explosive detector equipment used at aviation checkpoints has to rise to meet the challenge of producing far-reaching solutions to the ever-evolving terrorism threats witnessed around the world, and the objectives of government legislation.

In aviation checkpoint security explosive detector methods have four classification descriptions:

Type A involves the finding of liquid explosive threats in containers that are not sealed.

Type B involves the search for liquid explosive threats in closed vessels.

Type C is the programmable identification of numerous liquid explosive threats on items out of carry-on baggage that are placed on separate screening trays. This method is used together with standard X-ray explosive detector systems.

Type D is the automated search for a range of liquid explosive threats contained within luggage and other containers. The XDi facilitates the Type D method as the innovative equipment can effectively distinguish between hazardous substances like acetone and liquids like drinking water, juices and soft drinks that are allowed. Checkpoint operators are given an immediate alert signal when potential threats are found.

Considering the easy convenience and time-saving benefits of flight travel, airport environments have unique needs facilitating the conveying of millions of passengers and goods around the globe on a daily basis. It is this factor that necessitates checkpoint security solutions including explosive detector have to be customised. The serious security risks posed in the aviation industry, means that airports, the world over, need to ensure security management solutions meet three important criteria:

• Increase effective levels of threat detection
• Streamline security procedures
• Keep operational costs to a minimal level

Levels of threat detection are optimised by XDi’s capability to search the molecular structure of individual items in containers and in scanned baggage.

This highly advanced technology eliminates the need for passengers to remove items containing liquids from carry-on baggage for inspection. This not only poses a tremendous advantage to passengers, but streamlines security procedures at check points and lowers queue times.

Security and explosive detector threats and operational costs are kept to a minimum as the XDi can identify narcotics and counterfeit pharmaceuticals requiring only fuss-free software upgrading with no need of any additional hardware.