One step forward, two steps back - LAGs and Body Scanners high on the political agenda

One step forward, two steps back – LAGs and Body Scanners high on the political agenda

Recent months have seen a lot of activity in the field of security policy, with the roadmap for the removal of liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) making ground, against a backdrop of another high profile terrorist incident, which resulted in the return of body scanners to the policy agenda. Report by Ross Falconer and Robert O’Meara.

Mobile screening units: an evolution of the security checkpoint

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) recently ordered nine Mobile Screening Units (MSUs) from German company Contrac for deployment at undisclosed Canadian airports in time for next year’s Winter Olympic Games. The company’s flagship buses have been adapted to enable passengers to be security cleared on their way to the aircraft. Louise Driscoll reports.

Smiths Detection announces TSA order

Smiths Detection earlier this month announced a $21.9 million (€15m) order from the TSA to supply portable liquid detection scanners for its Bottle Liquid Scanner (BLS) programme. The RespondeR BLS detectors, based on Smith Detection’s RespondeR RCI scanner, are tailored to meet specific TSA requirements.

Promoting a single EU Border Control standard

The ACI EUROPE Border Control Taskforce is currently working on an operational paper with a focus on the practical implications that developments in border management have on airports. The paper will provide European airports and authorities with best practices in this field, with operations, passenger satisfaction and financing all topics which will be addressed. Ross Falconer reports.

US-NL initiative to streamline border processing

On 23 April, the US and the Netherlands formally launched a landmark initiative, known as FLUX (Fast Low Risk Universal Crossing), to open membership of their expedited air travel programmes to citizens of both countries in an effort to streamline entry processes for pre-screened travellers. Ross Falconer reports.