The Dangers of Low Threat Detection

Airports are once again one of the busiest places in the world, with millions of passengers travelling yearly. Ensuring the safety and security of passengers and airport personnel is paramount, and X-ray screening plays a critical role in achieving this goal. However, low threat detection in X-ray screening can have severe consequences and pose significant risks to airport security.

One of the consequences of low threat detection in X-ray screening is that it can result in potential terrorist attacks, leading to loss of life and property. In recent years, terrorist organisations have used airports as targets, such as the attack on Brussels Airport in 2016, which led to the deaths of 32 people and injuries to 300 others.

Similarly, low threat detection in X-ray screening can also result in drug smuggling, stowaways, and the smuggling of contraband items. This can risk the safety of passengers and crew and contribute to criminal activity.

To minimise the risks associated with low threat detection in X-ray screening, airport authorities must take various measures to improve their security procedures. One such step is investing in advanced X-ray screening technology that can detect a wide range of potential threats more accurately. Additionally, airports can train their security staff to identify possible threats more effectively, using various techniques such as profiling and behavioural analysis.

Low threat detection in X-ray screening at airports can have serious consequences. Image interpretation relies heavily on human perception and decision-making. Failure rates and false alarms are often high due to the distracting environment and other influences such as the pressure to perform or fatigue. Most scanned bags do not contain threats, which can result in complacency as time passes. While many actual threats are missed because of image complexity and the difficulty posed by the object’s viewing angle, the list of prohibited items continues to grow, challenging X-ray screeners even more.

Airports must prioritise security and implement measures to minimise the risks associated with low threat detection. By ensuring that X-ray machines are functioning correctly, training security personnel, and employing a multi-layered approach to airport security, airports can help to ensure the safety of all passengers and personnel. 

Eyefox is an Artificial Intelligence-based Automated Threat Detection System that delivers automated, immediate threat detection at high accuracy levels. The system can be easily added to existing X-ray machines without interfering with the machine’s operation.

Neural Guard’s vision is to utilise Artificial Intelligence technology to perfect the threat detection process.
We want to cultivate a dynamic security operation where technology can be effectively deployed to maximise the efficiency, accuracy, and throughput of the baggage screening process.