Rapiscan Systems’ new generation of security screening equipment at Tallinn Airport has revolutionised the passenger journey at the Estonian gateway, removing the need for laptops and liquids to be taken out of hand luggage when passing through security checks.

Until the unveiling of the new equipment all liquids had to be packed in containers no bigger than 100ml and passengers could carry a total of 1 litre of liquids, which had to be packed in a resealable plastic bag. Now passengers are able to carry liquids in containers of up to two litres and there is no limit on the total volume.

The replacement, configuration and testing of the security screening equipment, which took a month and a half, was completed a week ahead of schedule. Commenting on the new scanning equipment Tarvi Pihlakas, Aviation Security Manager at Tallinn Airport said: “Passengers no longer have to take liquids, laptops and other large pieces of technology out of their hand luggage and place them in a seperate box – this will also reduce the time spent at security screening.”

All liquids, including shampoos, sunscreen, toothpaste and soft drinks as well as liquid foodstuffs can be placed in hand luggage. Separate rules still apply to aerosols: no more than 500ml containers and a total of two litres of aerosols may be carried in hand luggage per passenger.

Pihlakas added that aviation security requirements were not compromised during the installation period and the disruption to passengers was minimal. “We’re very grateful for the patience of passengers during the transition period, when security screening sometimes involved unusually long waits. The team has been trained and we’ll do our best to make the security screening process quicker and more convenient in the future,” he said.

Read the latest issue of Regional Gateway magazine to hear more from Tallinn Airport CEO, Riivo Tuvike.

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