How loaded weapons pass through screening checkpoints

Even though traveller numbers have returned to pre-COVID levels and surpassed them, the risk of dangerous items passing through security checkpoints has increased. According to statistics released by one of the largest security screening organisations, more than 93% of detected firearms are loaded. However, when screeners are focused on one specific threat, such as a […]

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A Powerful Tool for Automated Threat Detection

Security X-ray machines can use advanced technologies and threat detection algorithms to ensure safety. These algorithms rely on neural networks, a machine-learning model inspired by the structure and function of the human brain. Neural networks use interconnected nodes or neurons in a layered structure, similar to the human brain, which enhances the effectiveness of these […]

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The AI Impact on Security Screening

Artificial intelligence (AI) has significantly impacted security X-ray screening, particularly airport security devices and baggage screening.  Here are some of the ways AI has influenced security X-ray screening: Several countries and aviation regulatory bodies are exploring using AI technology in security screening to comply with safety and security standards. The United Kingdom, the United States, […]

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AI Technology in Airport Security

The use of AI for threat detection in airport security screening checkpoints significantly impacts passenger processing times. It offers a delicate balance between efficiency gains and potential challenges. However, implementing AI technologies enhances efficiency through automation and consistent threat analysis, making it a crucial aspect of the screening process. AI and machine learning (ML) can […]

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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, […]

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Next Generation Threat Detection Enhances Safety and Efficiency

Automated threat detection in X-ray machines is a vital area of research that aims to enhance the security and efficiency of screening processes in various domains, such as aviation, transportation, e-commerce, urban security, and cargo. X-ray machines are commonly used for scanning bags, luggage, parcels, and other items for potential threats, including explosives, weapons, drugs, […]

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The One That Got Away – Security Screening Failures

It is extremely rare for a passenger to be able to board a flight with a firearm following the security screening. Airport security measures are in place to prevent this from happening. However, it might be possible in sporadic cases like security lapses or mistakes. The recent incident where a handgun was able to board […]

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The Synergy between AI Technology and Human Operators

Combining AI technology and human operators in X-ray security screening is a valuable partnership that improves security procedures by blending efficiency with human judgment. This collaboration offers numerous benefits, including: Improved Detection Accuracy: AI technology, particularly machine learning and computer vision algorithms, can accurately analyse X-ray images. They can detect anomalies, suspicious objects, and potential […]

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Image Interpretation Challenges

Wherever Security Screening takes place, there is always pressure on the security team to ensure that the people waiting to enter the facility are processed as soon as possible. As a result of this perceived pressure, mistakes are occasionally made, and threatening or prohibited items pass through security checkpoints undetected. The area of most concern […]

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Are Boarding Passes becoming redundant?

There have been cases where passengers have managed to board aircraft without proper boarding passes or by using fake boarding passes. In 2020, a passenger boarded an aircraft by blending in with another family and pre-boarding the plane by walking alongside a person in a wheelchair. In doing so, they evaded security screening. More recently, […]

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