Wednesday 19 April, 2017
Adelaide Airport will today start a month-long trial of a high-speed full body scanner to help
passengers clear the central security screening point faster.
The Rohde & Schwarz Quick Personnel Security Scanner completes a scan in a matter of
seconds, automatically detecting potentially dangerous items. It will operate in addition to the
current four screening lanes at Adelaide Airport.
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said the new scanning technology, which
was already in place across the UK and Europe, would make it easier and quicker to scan
“The open plan design means passengers simply stand in front of the scanner with their arms
held slightly away from the body,” Mr Young said.
“This will make for a more pleasant experience, particularly for customers with medical
conditions or those with medical implants who might otherwise activate an alarm at the current
‘walk through’ metal detectors.
“Objects are recognised by an evaluation of the reflected (backscattered) microwave signal.
“The system is considered very safe. The microwaves are of very low intensity, and several
orders of magnitude below the signal level of mobile phones.
“If the scanner reports an alarm, the location of the object is marked on a generic graphic of
the human body – with no identifying features – preserving the privacy of passengers.”
The trial will take place from 19 April to 19 May.