Bristol Airport in the UK has completed the installation of a series of new baggage-screening systems to meet a deadline set by the European Commission (EC) and the Department for Transport (DfT) for the integration of ‘Standard 3’ technologies.
This required all hold baggage-screening facilities at UK airports to be upgraded by September 2018. Bristol Airport’s state-of-the-art £18.7m (US$24m) screening facility was launched ahead of this deadline in May 2017, making the airport one of the first in the UK to do so.
Fraser Dury, head of engineering, Bristol Airport, said, “We are delighted that Bristol Airport met the deadline for upgrading hold baggage screening to Standard 3. Over the past three years we have redesigned our hold baggage system, installing six Standard 3 x-ray machines and around 200 new conveyors.
“This was a hugely challenging and complex project which, although invisible to our passengers, makes a massive difference to our ability to screen baggage safely and efficiently.”