Avalon Airport upgrades domestic terminal security systems
Domestic travellers can move swiftly and safely in and out of Avalon Airport with minimal contact with other passengers, thanks to new security upgrades and the installation of state-of-the-art touchless technology.
The airport, just 50 minutes from Melbourne CBD, is one of the first in Australia to transition its security systems to 100 per cent Computed Tomography technology, with the installation of a new Rapiscan CT scanner, body scanner and checked baggage screening (CBS) machine for greater efficiency within the airport’s domestic terminal.
In just moments, the new zero-contact millimeterwave security body scanners automatically detect potentially dangerous items carried on the body or in clothing, while the CBS machine and the CT scanner create three-dimensional images of a passenger’s baggage, providing security personnel with a clearer view of the contents. For passengers the relief will be in finally being able to leave their laptops in their bags.
“This means that going through security is a smoother exercise with less contact,” said Avalon Airport CEO, Justin Giddings. “The new technology saves travellers the need of having to remove their laptops from their bags as the CT scanner gives our security staff a very clear picture of what’s inside.”
The airport was the first in the country to install the Rapiscan 920CT, when it launched the international terminal late 2018.
Avalon Airport is also about to install six new check-in kiosks by Elenium Automation where instead of touching screens or physical surfaces, passengers control and interact with the check-in device from a safe distance using head movements.
“We’re always looking for ways to improve travel efficiency for passengers, while providing them with a safer and more seamless way of moving quickly through the airport. Eventually all airports Australia-wide will need to use this technology and we’re proud to be one of the first in the country to implement it fully,” Mr Giddings said.
In addition to its security updates and touchless technology, Avalon Airport has renovated areas of the domestic terminal including the café with further upgrades to be announced later this year.
“The new updates and renovations to the airport have created job opportunities for many Victorians. We have invested heavily on making improvements to Avalon Airport while air travel has come to a standstill. We engaged several local contractors to help with the refurbishments to support our region’s local businesses and to ensure our staff remained employed during this tough time,” Mr Giddings said.