ChallengAir II was organised by the Budapest Airport Security Directorate on 7 March, 2017 at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport.
The event was organised on the initiative of security personnel of Budapest Airport for the second time. The international contest of security screeners started out as an in-house competition at Budapest Airport three years ago and it became obvious right at the outset that it would be worthwhile to take the professional contest to an international level.
Teams of screeners from Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Rome; Liszt Ferenc International Airport, Budapest; Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport; Naples International Airport; Riga International Airport; and Václav Havel Airport Prague, took part in the competition.
The aim of the competition is to provide motivation of security employees, share professional experiences (including know-how and training), communication and connection building among European airports security teams, and promote the importance of passenger security for other employees at the airport.
The competition consisted of three parts. First, the participants had to prove their theoretical skills in the state-of-the-art training centre of the airport, which was recently inaugurated. The second challenge was to find 20 prohibited items representing a threat to aviation security from a hundred X-ray images. Lastly, teams were required to solve a situational exercise: each contestant was supposed to find prohibited items concealed in the clothing and baggage of a fake passenger within 5 minutes.
Experts from the Aviation Security Department of the Airport Police Directorate were involved in compiling the tasks for the contest. The jury panel and professional supervision were provided by the representatives of the Airport Police and the Office for Air Transport of the Ministry of National Development.
The winning team was from Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Rome, with the team from Liszt Ferenc International Airport, Budapest coming in second place, and the team from Riga International Airport finishing in third place.