• London Heathrow's new scanners keep liquids, laptops in your luggage

    London's Heathrow Airport is splashing out on new computed tomography (CT) baggage scanners over the next three years, which could eventually eliminate the need to remove liquids and laptops from carry-on bags during security checks. The CT scanners, similar to those used in radiology, enab...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2019 6 Comments

  • Brisbane Airport security trial keeps laptops, liquids in your bag

    One of the biggest hassles of international travel has to be the airport security checkpoint, where passengers have to fish laptops, tablets with keyboards, powders, liquids, aerosols and gels out of their bag and present them separately for screening: but a new trial at Brisbane Airport aims to ...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2019 8 Comments

  • TSA to streamline US airport security checks with more 3D scanners

    The Transportation Security Administration will increase the number of 3D X-ray scanners installed at US airports and roll out new technology to automatically scan travelers’ identities as they enter a screening lane. The TSA is currently testing computed tomography or 3D X-rays, which sho...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2018 8 Comments

  • Packing protein powder? Stow it in your checked luggage, says US TSA

    The US Transportation Security Administration plans to add another item to the gels, liquids and laptops requiring additional scrutiny for U.S.-bound airline passengers – powders. Passengers carrying more than twelve ounces (340 grams) of powder  – the size of a regular soft dri...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2018 2 Comments

  • New Australian airport security rules restrict travelling with powder

    Passengers departing from Australian international airports will soon be subjected to new security screening rules, restricting powdered items in carry-on baggage on all flights from June 30. Under the new policy, all powders must be presented separately for inspection at the international secur...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2018 55 Comments

  • Adelaide Airport (finally) gets a priority security screening lane

    At long last, passengers flying from Adelaide Airport in first class, business class or with the right frequent flyer card can zip through the airport’s security screening formalities, thanks to the introduction of a new priority line at the airport’s main security checkpoint. Locate...

    POSTED 31 May, 2018 20 Comments

  • Domestic airports to get tighter security, full-body scanners

    Air travellers will face more stringent security over the coming 12 months under a sweeping security overhaul flagged in the 2018 Federal Budget. Advanced 'full-body scanners' are to be rolled out across Australia's nine major domestic and international airports, replacing the current metal...

    POSTED 8 May, 2018 96 Comments

  • 50 Shades of Security: US airport checks to get more intimate?

    Security checks at many US airports will become more intimate under new procedures rolled out by the Transportation Security Administration this month. The TSA has adopted what it terms a "standardized pat-down procedure" to replace as many as five different types of pat-down used at the screeni...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2017 15 Comments

  • SmartGates to make way for 'tap & go' passports, biometric scans

    EXCLUSIVE | Passport-scanning SmartGates will be removed from the arrivals area of Australian airports in a bid to shorten queues and streamline passenger flow, while incoming passenger cards are also likely to be abandoned. Taking their place: a sophisticated contactless system using smart-chip...

    POSTED 16 Dec, 2016 24 Comments

  • Newcastle Airport trials full body scanners for domestic flights

    Passengers travelling domestically from Newcastle Airport may now be asked to skip the traditional metal detector in favour of a full body scan as part of a new trial. But unlike those jetting abroad, domestic flyers have the opportunity to ‘opt-out’ and proceed through the metal det...

    POSTED 1 Dec, 2016 7 Comments

  • The future of airports: one-stop security, passport control?

    SmartGates and security screening technology could soon be combined to create a ‘one stop shop’ for departing international passengers under a radical new plan by the New Zealand Government. Representing a massive overhaul of the current process – whereby travellers first queue...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2016 5 Comments

  • Flying to the USA or Canada? Save your suitcase: grab a TSA lock

    Locking your luggage is a great deterrent to would-be thieves, but if you’re travelling to the USA or Canada, you’ll need to use a special type of lock to secure your bag – otherwise the TSA or CATSA can and will cut it off or even break open your checked baggage if it needs to ...

    POSTED 25 Feb, 2015 10 Comments

  • Qantas warns of UK, USA ban on powerless inflight gadgets

    Qantas travellers to London better make sure their laptops, tablets and smartphones are charged up before they leave the Emirates lounge in Dubai, with UK authorities now adopting a similar stance to the USA's ban on powerless electronic devices. Australian Business Traveller reader Andrew ...

    POSTED 14 Jul, 2014 13 Comments

  • What does 'SSSS' on your boarding pass mean?

    'SSSS'. It's a seemingly random set of letters on the boarding pass for your domestic US flight, but it means you're in for an extra security screening by the TSA agents. The letters themselves stand for Secondary Security Screening Selection, although neither the TSA nor the airlines have ...

    POSTED 28 May, 2014 17 Comments

  • Kuwait says new airport scanners will detect gay travellers..?

    UPDATE | According to a detailed analysis in The Paper Bird, the original report is not about security scanners detecting homosexuals but medical examinations to detect transexuals. Maybe we should change our featured photo to Dr Frank N. Furter from The Rocky Horror...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2013 19 Comments

  • Sydney, Melbourne Airports now using full body scanners

    Sydney and Melbourne Airport are now using controversial full-body scanners, with international travellers being randomly selected for screening -- and unable to opt out unless they have a solid medical reason. Passengers who are selected for a body scan  but "refuse to undergo th...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2012 36 Comments

  • How Qantas passengers can jump the US immigration queue...

    UPDATE | Being met at the airport gate, having someone from the airline keep an eye on your connection, fast tracking your way through customs and immigration on arrival into the United States, and an escort through the airport -- how much is that worth to you, business traveller? Qantas' main U...

    POSTED 18 May, 2012 6 Comments

  • Aussie airports to phase out 100ml carry-on limit on liquids, gels

    Australian airports will begin lifting the 100ml restriction on packing liquids, gels and aerosol sprays in your carry-on bags from the middle of this year. Passengers will once again be able to carry bottles of water, more sizeable cosmetics as well as wine, spirits, perfume and other toiletrie...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2012 7 Comments

  • Australian airports to get millimetre-wave body scanners

    Full-body 'millimetre wave' scanners will be introduced at all eight of Australia's international gateway airports. The rollout of the scanners will commence in July as part of a $28 million security programme, according to a statement released today by Federal Minister for Infrastructure & ...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2012 2 Comments

  • Liquid restrictions to be lifted at Australian airports in 2013

    Liquid, aerosol and gel restrictions for hand luggage of overseas travellers will be lifted from all Australian airports in 2013, but laptops and tablets will still need to be hauled out of your bag. Sophisticated new security equipment being installed at international airports around Austr...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2011 1 Comment

  • IATA's airport security checkpoint of the future gains traction

    Airport security: it's a pain. Even if you have the fast track express path card, it can be a frustrating experience, not least when the "slow track" lane moves faster than yours at key business travel times. And let's not even talk about the invasive patdowns that are spreading from the USA to i...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2011 0 Comments

  • US to let low-risk travellers skip some security checks

    Four US airports have begun trials of a streamlined security system which lets 'trusted travellers' zip through their own lane without removing their belt, shoes and jacket, or unpacking their laptop and toiletries from carry-on cabin baggage. The "TSA Pre ?" (as in 'Pre-Check') program is runni...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas flights resume following security breach at Sydney Airport

    LATEST: Qantas flights from Sydney Airport's domestic terminal have recommenced, following a security breach late this morning when two people entered the secure area of the terminal without undergoing standard security screening. A Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Australian Business Traveller ...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Melbourne Airport gets controversial body scanners

    Melbourne Airport's international terminal will trial controversial 'millimetre wave' body scanners this month. Passengers will be given the option of walking through the conventional 'arch' or using the new full-body scanner during the trial period, which starts on Monday September 5th and...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2011 8 Comments

  • Travel tip: quickly and easily cruise through airport security

    Getting through airport security checks with a minimum of delay and hassle is one of the holy grails of business travel. Here are the top five tips of the frequent flyers. 1) Choose your line carefully  If you take one tip away with you, take this one: don't be afraid to pick the line you ...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2011 2 Comments

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