Shoe Screening Equipment to Be Trialed at Narita Airport
In line with its commitment and pledge to become the world’s top airports in terms of security and safety, Narita Airport has been introducing advanced security equipment and expanding its security screening checkpoints to ensure its efficiency and rigorousness. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has been introducing stronger security measures since September 2019 in the form of X-ray screening of shoes in various styles such as safety shoes, thick-soled shoes, boots and ankle-covering shoes. Now, as part of such efforts, “shoe screening equipment” will be installed at Narita Airport and tried out to see if they can automatically detect prohibited items without having passengers take their shoes off.
This is expected not only to improve security screening, but also to contribute to a reduced workload on security personnel, improvement for their working environment, reduce personal contact and enhance passenger convenience. The results of this trial will be utilized in our drive to offer a safer, more reliable and more comfortable airport.
Narita Airport will also continue with its preparations to provide security screening incorporating counter- infection measures in readiness for the coming recovery in travel demand.
In April 2020, Narita Airport doubled the area of its international departure screening checkpoints in Terminals 1 and 2, and with the comprehensive introduction of the latest security screening lanes and cutting-edge screening equipment, safety and comfort will be improved, while also introducing Smart Security to boost processing capacity by 50%.
This article was originally published by Narita International Airport Corporation.
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