Media Release 19-06-2019

Newcastle Airport leading the way with new mandatory security screening
Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Hunter and Northern NSW residents will be among the first to experience new state of the art security screening equipment with Newcastle Airport set to be one of the first in the country to be fully compliant with new mandatory aviation security screening requirements.

Speaking today, Newcastle Airport CEO, Peter Cock said the new high tech screening equipment would ensure the safety and comfort of passengers would remain a feature at the airport.

“We’re thrilled to be one of the first airports to install this world leading system and make the security screening process faster and easier. This new equipment will include both CT x-rays and full body scanners capable of identifying suspicious objects of any material type.”

“Once the new equipment is installed, passengers will no longer be required to undergo random explosives detection testing or to remove electronic devices, aerosols and liquids from their hand luggage, making for a smoother journey.”

“We’re proud to announce Rapiscan Systems as the successful tenderer to supply and install this new security screening equipment. A global leader in security equipment and systems with products installed in major airports worldwide, Rapiscan are well placed to bring this technology to our Airport.”

Speaking to the rollout at Newcastle Airport, Rapiscan Systems President, Mal Maginnis said he’s looking forward to delivering a better customer experience for passengers across Northern NSW:

“We are honoured to have been selected by the team at Newcastle Airport to provide the most advanced CT technology for inspection of checked and carry-on baggage. The combined technologies create a better experience for passengers while improving Newcastle airport’s security outcomes and strengthening overall aviation security.”

The new security screening system will be installed by end of 2019, well ahead of the 2020 deadline.

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