Smiths Detection has received EDS cabin baggage screening approval for its checkpoint scanners. The HI-SCAN 6040aTiX, which has already achieved EDS CB C1 standard approval, has also been approved for EDS CB C2. The HI-SCAN 7555aTiX has also been awarded both EDS CB C1 and C2 standards. It can screen hand luggage, as well as hold baggage, parcels and small air cargo. In addition, the HI-SCAN 6040-2is HR has achieved EDS CB C1 approval.
According to EU regulation, all systems meeting EDS CB C1 or C2 standards are automatically considered to have achieved EDS Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) Standard 3. This means that they can be used in the screening of checked-in baggage using conventional HBS CONOPS – subject to approval from the relevant EU member state.
The Smiths Detection software, which brings systems up to the new standards, will not only be integrated into new equipment, but also used to upgrade previously installed scanners. According to the company, this protects a customer’s investment in existing hardware and makes compliance a simple and cost effective, on-site process.
With the current focus in Europe on the automatic detection of explosives in cabin baggage, EDS CB C1 eliminates the need for random searches using additional explosive trace detectors or dogs. EDS CB C2 approval allows electronic devices to remain in cabin baggage during scanning, according to EU regulations. This offers those airports not subject to additional security measures, the opportunity to improve the passenger experience whilst maintaining the required level of security.
The existing laptop ban and how it may be extended in the future, underlines the relevance and importance of an EDS capability at the checkpoint.