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(Australian Associated Press)
Jetsetters eager to get to their destination won’t be slowed down at Melbourne Airport pulling out electronics and carry-on liquids thanks to an Australian-first security rollout.
Four smart lanes as part of the advanced security screening will be permanently used at the airport’s Terminal 4 – home to Tigerair, Jetstar and REX – from Wednesday.
The technology uses x-ray systems to look into passengers’ carry-on baggage without the need to remove electronics or liquids, with the aim of streamlining bag checks.
The cabin baggage is scanned while an automatic tray-handling system and special software is used to free up security staff to identify bottlenecks in the process.
The successful trial of the first four adopted smart lanes in Australia last November prompted the official rollout to streamline the trip to the gate for passengers.
Two extra units in Terminal 4 and seven in Terminal 2 – home to international arrivals and departures – are expected to be completed over the next two months.
Melbourne Airport spokesman Scott Dullard said the use of the technology at screening checkpoints had good security outcomes and had improved passengers’ experiences.
“The new technology allows analysis of 3D images, improving security outcomes by providing security staff with greater detail and functionality to conduct their assessments,” he said.
“Overall, we are seeing a 50 per cent reduction in passenger journey time, down to a little more than a minute.”