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eight hours is a tall order.” Cost is also a significant limiting factor according to

Morgan. “We could all buy increasingly expensive and fantastic equipment, we could employ more and more staff. These things may make the process better and be a response to the aspirations of being faster, simpler and more effective. But the fact is that it wouldn’t wear as a business so you can’t just throw money at it.”

He pointed out that in some countries governments were

responsible for the cost of aviation security but in others the private sector airports pay for it. “But wherever you are in the world and what system you operate under there comes a point where the taxpayer or the customers say - it is getting too expensive.” But he stressed that if the costs can be managed properly, it is an area where airports can make improvements to their systems. “Every equipment manufacturer in the security field is looking at better technology. They are looking at whole baggage screening for more accurate tasking, they are looking at the next generation of hand baggage X-ray machines, and better security cameras. A lot of these advances will deliver better processes.” He said that there are risks every time a new technology

is introduced to the airport environment. “From an airport management perspective I think there is always a bit of a learning curve with these things,” he added. “I think that the security body scanners are a prime example of that. It is a really interesting technology and it’s a very important development for airports. At the beginning we saw technologies competing against each other all of who had

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different issues with the regulator and politicians. There is a very high cost to some of this equipment and as an airport operator you have to convince your board to spend more money. They don’t want to be told there is simply a security benefit. They are looking at it from a capital expenditure and operational expenditure perspective as well. One of the questions they will be asking is will this system get people through security quicker so they can employ fewer staff.”


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