Before boarding a plane, as a passenger you must always pass through a number of checkpoints.
To make the whole process as smooth as possible, Brussels Airport Company has renewed the entire security procedure, by investing 6 million euros in passenger comfort and the efficiency of the screening process.
With 25 screening lanes in Connector, Brussels Airport not only has the biggest screening platform in Europe, it is also the first airport to apply remote screening on a larger scale.
Remote security screening
When you enter Connector, you first pass through access control. You simply place the boarding pass on the scanner and the access gates will open. For the time being only passengers for Pier A go to their gate via Connector; passengers for Pier B will go via Connector in 2016.
After the boarding pass check, you arrive at the brand new screening platform, where all passengers and their hand luggage are checked to ensure that they are not carrying prohibited products or items. The platform has 25 new screening lanes, which makes it the biggest in Europe.
The screening procedure is slightly different, but for the travellers nothing has changed. The traveller still places his hand luggage, coat, electrical device, etc., in a tray at the screening lane. Security staff are still present to guide the passengers and their effects, and – if necessary – to carry out body checks or a more thorough inspection of the hand luggage, for example.
However, the security staff who view the X-ray images of the trays no longer sit beside the screening lane but in a control room next to the screening platform. The advantage of this ‘remote screening’ is that the security officer is able to work with more concentration and will not be distracted or influenced by events in the lanes.
Screening software helps the process
The system for screening hand luggage remotely is already used in the screening stations for staff around the airport, and is now being extended to the screening lanes for passengers. This makes Brussels Airport the first airport in the world to use remote screening for passengers on a larger scale.
In the control room, the security officer sees an X-ray image of the luggage and checks that there are no prohibited items present. If he decides that there is a suspicious item in the luggage, the tray is given a virtual mark. This causes it to divert to a split part of the conveyor belt, which can only be reached by a security officer and not by the passenger.
The security officer at the screening lane will see the scan of the luggage on a screen. The exact location of the suspect item will be marked on the scan. The officer will then search the luggage manually to check that there is indeed something present that is prohibited.