Next year, Finland’s airport operator, Finavia, will test security check technology that enables liquids to be packed in carry-on bags.
Finavia is preparing to open an expanded Terminal 2 at Helsinki in 2021. As part of its planning, a new generation of carry-on baggage screening technology is being piloted at Helsinki Airport. The new technology will allow liquids and consumer electronics to be transported inside carry-on bags through security control, putting an end to the hassle of packing transparent plastic bags and removing laptops from bags and suitcases.
“We are designing a terminal for the future. We want to build an equipment base that meets future requirements and makes security screening much smoother. The key to this, among other things, is scanning based on computed tomography (CT) and intelligent algorithms, which allows all liquids to be carried in hand luggage and eliminates the need for big pieces of electronic equipment to be taken out of bags,” said Joni Pekkanen, Service Manager for Security Services at Finavia.
New security screening technology will be piloted as early as 2020. It will be placed in the non-Schengen security check area, and the purpose is to gain experience on the functionality of the technology before major equipment purchases are made.
The screening equipment upgrade is gradually bringing about changes in air passengers’ routines. In the near future, when the scanning device’s algorithm will be able to analyze liquids in carry-on bags, there will probably be no more need for liquids to be packed in separate transparent plastic bags. At the same time, Finavia hopes to cut the amount of plastic waste generated by the current process.
“Reducing the amount of waste is important to us and it’s one of the reasons for applying new technology. Today, we use millions of plastic bags a year due to security screening. We inspect about eight million passengers a year at Helsinki Airport, and most of them carry a sealed bag for liquids,” said Pekkanen.