Bristol orders new explosive detection systems

Safran Identity & Security, through its subsidiary Morpho Detection UK Ltd, has been awarded a contract by Bristol Airport in the UK to supply Standard 3 Hold Baggage Explosives Detection Systems (EDS).

Scheduled for deployment over a two-year period to meet UK Department for Transport mandates effective from September 1, 2018, five high-speed CTX 9800 will screen all In-gauge hold baggage. In addition, one compact CTX 5800 will screen all Out-of-Gauge hold baggage. To ensure their CTX systems are continuously up and running, Bristol Airport will use Morpho Detection’s onsite service network for a minimum of 10 years.

Currently undergoing a £24 million terminal extension, Bristol Airport has grown to serve 116 destinations across 30 countries and handled more than 7 million passengers in 2016.

Commenting on the new hold baggage screening infrastructure and the airport’s growth, Fraser Dury, Head of Engineering at Bristol Airport said: “Bristol airport is committed to leveraging the most effective technologies and solutions to ensure high standards of security are maintained with minimal impact on passengers. Working with Morpho Detection helps ensure continued regulatory compliance as we develop and enhance our terminal infrastructure.”

Both CTX 5800 and CTX 9800 are approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) as meeting Standard 3 requirements and certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).


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