Cruise Ship Chaos – Threat Item found Onboard

It sometimes happens that after a ship has sailed from its embarkation port, a prohibited item is found during screening in an out port when a passenger is returning onboard or even discarded in a rubbish bin in a public space on the ship. If the possession of the item constitutes a breach of security, then in most cases, there would be an investigation as to how the item came onboard and why it was picked up at the screening area, as such breaches must be reported to regulatory bodies.

Most large cruise ships screen their passengers in the terminal before embarkation and use security companies either supplied by port operators or contracted by the cruise company. Attempting to locate the images to ascertain which screening point the passenger went through and at which time is daunting, given that there may be six screening points or more in larger terminals. Management invariably wants to see the X-ray image when the passenger goes through the screening checkpoint to see how apparent the prohibited item is. 

It does happen, on occasion, that threat items do make it through security checkpoints, so let’s look at some mitigation strategies:

Adding automated threat detection capabilities in the form of AI detection to existing security equipment in the embarkation ports and onboard security X-ray equipment. AI can reduce the cognitive load and fatigue placed on operators and increase detection rates.  Furthermore, less time is required to review the images, increasing the passenger flow.

Automated threat detection can be achieved without investing in new X-ray machines. Neural Guard’s Eyefox product is a prime example of this. It can be added to existing machines using only the current unit’s video signal. Eyefox is an innovative AI-based system that offers immediate and automated threat detection at high levels of accuracy for X-ray security screening operators.

Eyefox performs focused and unrelenting analysis, rapidly distinguishing threats from other items in real-time. As a result, this reduces the need for close contact with bag contents and individuals, ultimately increasing efficiency and throughput.