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Qantas testing New Passenger Security Screening Technology at Melbourne Airport

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Thursday, 3 April 2008

The Qantas Group is demonstrating new-age security screening technology at the Qantas Domestic Terminal in Melbourne this week.

The ProVision Portal is an advanced passenger security-screening device that uses millimetre waves to scan the body and identify all objects concealed on or carried by a person.

Qantas Group General Manager Security, Geoffrey Askew, said the demonstration, although not part of the current security screening process, was intended to take the equipment into an airport for public consideration and comment.

Passengers are invited to view and test the equipment on a voluntary basis in order for Qantas to gain customer feedback on this new technology, he said.

Passengers simply have to walk into the unit and stand in a designated spot for three seconds with arms raised, then leave the unit.

The millimetre waves used to generate the individuals image are not invasive or harmful. The image created simply resembles an outline of the person and indicates the position of any foreign object.

The face is unrecognisable and sensitive areas of the body are blurred. The security operative is the only person with access to the image and that person is located away from the screening location, Mr Askew said.

It is our intention to have this technology in active use at selected Qantas screening points in the not too distant future, Mr Askew added.

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