Airport security orders land Smiths $15 million

Continuous improvements in airport security standards have resulted in further orders for Smiths trace detection and x-ray security equipment, valued at more than $15 million.

Around one-third of this is the value of a contract for additional Ionscan 400B explosives detection machines for the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), for deployment at a number of airports across the USA.

The TSA is acquiring the additional detection equipment to expand its operations at airport security checkpoints, increasing screening levels and passenger throughput.

In addition to orders for trace detection equipment from Smiths Detection, the TSA recently awarded Smiths Heimann a contract for x-ray systems valued at more than $7 million, for checkpoint carry-on baggage.

In another new contract, Smiths Heimann will supply the HI-SCAN 10080 EDtS automatic explosives detection system, for installation at a number of UK, airports. The contract, placed by British Airports Authorities (BAA), requires delivery by September 2003. The EDtS systems provide automatic explosives inspection of all checked baggage before loading onto an aircraft, with throughput up to 1,800 bags per hour.

In Senegal, Dakar International Airport has become the first African airport to take delivery of the Sentinel II explosives detection portal, made by Smiths Detection. The passenger-screening device is now being installed, together with the Ionscan 400B trace detector. The new trace detection equipment will operate alongside x-ray security systems supplied recently by Smiths Heimann.

Sentinel II is currently undergoing extensive trials in Terminal 1 of London Heathrow with over 75,000 randomly selected passengers passing through the portal. Following the current evaluation, airport operator BAA will consider the wider introduction of Sentinel, as part of a continuous programme to increase public confidence in air travel.