LONDON – Leidos, a science and technology company, has now deployed its ClearScan™ computed tomography (CT) scanner at Germany’s Frankfurt Airport (FRA).
Fraport security upgrade
The CT scanner is a key component of the new security lane under transition in Terminal 1, Concourse A.
The work is being performed under the leadership of Fraport, the company now responsible for the organization, management, and performance of security checkpoints at FRA.
“We are thrilled to support Fraport and bring the latest technologies to Germany’s largest aviation gateway,” said Brad Buswell, Senior Vice President and Operations Manager at Leidos.
“The company’s Security Enterprise Solutions operation works diligently with our partners and customers to deliver real solutions that enable safe and efficient passenger movement. We’re excited to see these innovations expand and support Germany’s work safeguarding passengers.”
Long queues and staff shortages still impact many airports across the globe as passenger travel continues to reach pre-COVID levels.
There is also a growing consensus within the global aviation community on the need to replace conventional X-ray machines with CT scanners.
Airports in London, Atlanta, Amsterdam, and Chicago were the first to adopt these systems, with positive results for several years.
Leidos is focused on helping airports around the world transform their security operations by leveraging its CT technology.
The ClearScan cabin baggage scanner includes advanced explosives detection algorithms that eliminates the need for passengers to divest approved electronics and liquids from baggage.
This results in less time per passenger at the checkpoint.
Leidos is a Fortune 500 technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets.
The company’s 44,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers.
Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.
With the handover of responsibility for the new machines, Fraport notes the corona pandemic has led to massive personnel problems in air traffic, including also airlines and airports.
The government supported airlines and airports with billions during the Corona period. We are now experiencing significantly more people travelling again.
This is good news for the aviation industry, but also a challenge for all stakeholders involved. Because travelers rightly expect the functioning of the control and handling processes.
According to Fraport: “After the Corona period, travelers experienced some bitter disappointments with flight cancellations and very long waiting times.”
“The airlines and airport operators have an obligation here – in the interest of the traveler. And, in the interests of the general public also, which carried the aviation industry through the severe crisis.”
For passengers, going through the security checks will become much more straightforward.
At the new security checkpoints, liquids up to a maximum of 100ml, smartphones, and other electronic devices no longer have to be presented separately but may remain in hand luggage.