Addressing airport security threats

September 2014 News

In its newest study on the market for explosives, weapons and contraband (EWC) detection equipment for airports, IHS found the market to be worth more than $740 million globally and to have a CAGR of 6% over the next four years.

Due to new and evolving security threats to the aviation industry, in July 2014, Department of Homeland Security officials announced new screening measures on international flights into the US in response to concerns that terrorists are planning to carry out attacks on aircraft or at airports using body-borne improvised explosives devices (BBIED).

Today, a combination of checkpoint screening equipment is used to screen for explosives, including backscatter X-ray, millimetre-wave scanners, metal detectors, and explosives trace detectors. Due to privacy and medical concerns related to the use of backscatter and millimetre-wave technologies, regulators have prohibited more invasive X-ray screening of passengers that can detect BBIEDs like the high energy X-ray systems used by customs agencies to detect drugs or other contraband hidden within the body. In response to these new security threats, passengers, their luggage and electronic devices are being subjected to enhanced explosives screening with existing trace and X-ray detection equipment. Passengers are also required to turn on all electronic devices to ensure they are not being used as remote detonators for BBIEDs.

Currently, these new screening measures only apply to flights into the US from Europe and the Middle East; however, IHS expects these screening measures to be implemented in other regions as the threat of BBIEDs increases worldwide. Due to the current limitations of X-ray based screening equipment in detecting BBIEDs, IHS expects airports to increasingly turn to desktop and hand-held trace detection technologies to screen for explosive residue. Because of this, multi-application detection equipment is expected to be the second fastest growing detection type over the next four years with a CAGR of 6.3%.

As threats to the airports industry have evolved, so too have the technologies used to detect these threats. Much like the evolution of other aviation threats (i.e., the threat of liquid, aerosols, and gel explosives, shoe bombs, and underwear bombs), the threat of BBIEDs will have to be addressed with a combination of technologies and regulations that meet the health, safety, and privacy demands of passengers and regulators. The airport checkpoint market is poised to see continued growth as airports, airlines, and regulators look for the best solution to the threat from BBIEDs.

For more information contact IHS, +1 512 302 1977, [email protected], www.ihs.com





Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

The future of AIoT
Hikvision South Africa News CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Hikvision hosted its 2022 Shaping Intelligence Summit in Bali, Indonesia, on 29-30 November, where the company, its customers, and technology and solution partners, looked into the future of AIoT and explored paths to shared success.

Read more...
Top fraud trends to watch in 2023
News Security Services & Risk Management
Even though financial concerns remain a significant obstacle for companies in implementing new anti-fraud technologies, 60% of businesses expect an increase in their anti-fraud technology budgets in the next two years.

Read more...
Be cautious when receiving deliveries at home
News Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection Security Services & Risk Management
Community reports of residents being held up at their gate when collecting fast food deliveries at home are once again surfacing.

Read more...
Securiton and Dallmeier announce partnership
Dallmeier Electronic Southern Africa News
Securiton AG Switzerland is now integrating the Panomera and Domera camera systems from Dallmeier to ensure its customers benefit from the highest standards of privacy and security.

Read more...
KPMG 2022 CEO Outlook, South African edition
Editor's Choice News
Mid-November saw the release of the latest KPMG 2022 CEO Outlook, South African edition, aptly sub-titled ‘Potential Growth in Uncertain Times’.

Read more...
Mending Africa’s digital infrastructure gaps
News
inq. Fabric is the first African-developed cloud connectivity, network-as-a-service software for automated provisioning and routing.

Read more...
Suprema renews international privacy and security standard certifications
Suprema News Access Control & Identity Management
Suprema has simultaneously renewed two important international standard certifications regarding information security management (ISO/IEC 27001) and privacy information management (ISO/IEC 27701).

Read more...
Technoswitch partners with Ciqurix for video fire detection
Technoswitch Fire Detection & Suppression News Fire & Safety
Technoswitch is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement with Ciqurix (UK), a leading supplier of video fire detection products.

Read more...
From the editor's desk: No fond goodbye
Technews Publishing News
      Welcome to the final issue of Hi-Tech Security Solutions for 2022. Personally, I have absolutely no regrets seeing this year ride off into the sunset, or preferably be set on fire. However, it is the ...

Read more...
Crossing the chasm
Editor's Choice News Security Services & Risk Management Training & Education
Industry reports suggest that in the next ten years, millions of jobs could go unfilled because there simply are not enough people to fill them.

Read more...