Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security screening technologies, today announces that it is partnering with Flughafen Zürich AG (Zurich Airport) to trial the use of the industry-leading HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX Model S carry-on baggage X-ray scanners and the iLane A20 ATRS, the smart automatic tray return system, at two security lanes in the airport.

The 3D images produced by Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX will allow some of Zurich’s 2.7 million* monthly passengers to leave their liquids and electronics in their carry-on luggage as they pass through security, resulting in a more convenient and streamlined security screening experience.

In addition to providing more efficient and effective security screening, the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX is the most energy efficient scanner of its type available in the market, featuring low noise levels, zero vibration, and a 30% higher belt speed than other CT X-ray scanners – helping to promote a calmer checkpoint. The iLane ensures a consistent flow of trays and provides a seamless checkpoint journey by reducing queues and improving operational efficiency at the passenger checkpoints.

Alongside passengers, employees at security checkpoints will also benefit from the installation of the CT scanners via the addition of “remote screening” capabilities. This means that security staff no longer have to check the images of the baggage contents directly next to the devices, but can work from a separate room, facilitating a quieter and more concentrated work environment.

Zurich Airport will test the CT equipment in various configurations over a six month period in order to optimise the layout of the new security lanes, with the intention of equipping all 26 lanes with this cutting-edge technology in the future. Although passengers will be able to leave liquids in their bags, the maximum container size of 100ml and total carry-on size of one litre rules will remain in place until further notice.

Matthew Clark, VP Commercial, Smiths Detection, commented: “We are delighted that Zurich Airport has selected Smiths Detection to trial the use of this leading technology that will enhance security outcomes and improve efficiency, providing a smoother experience for passengers and staff alike.”