Auckland Airport will trial new biosecurity X-ray machine in summer 2018


24 November 2017

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has announced that Auckland Airport (AKL) will trial a new biosecurity X-ray machine in summer 2018, targeting hand luggage carried by international air passengers. The machine has the potential to improve security and passenger flow at the airport. Brett Hickman, ‎manager detection technology at MPI, said: “This is an area that has the highest risk of bringing fruit fly into the country. Our stats show nearly 90% of seizures of fruit fly host materials are from hand baggage. The machine produces very high-quality images. It also provides a side and a top view of baggage instead of just a single view.” Hickman added that X-ray screening of baggage plays an important role in preventing unwanted pests and diseases from entering New Zealand. “It is part of a layered approach to managing risk that includes detector dogs and careful risk assessment based on intelligence and passenger profiling,” he said. MPI currently owns and operates 28 fixed X-ray units for baggage scanning at international airports, military bases and the Auckland International Mail Centre.

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