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Tokyo airport starts CT scanning baggage ahead of 2020 Olympics

  • April 19, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 4:45 p.m.
  • English Press

Japan launched on Thursday a new security check system using computed tomography scanners at Tokyo’s Haneda airport as the country prepares to host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.


The CT scanners, introduced at the international terminal of the airport, help reduce the burden of opening the baggage for checks as it can scan from all directions using X-ray. It also automatically judges whether there is a dangerous object inside, according to the transport ministry.


While it takes longer to inspect baggage, the airport plans to speed up the screening process by combining the scans with “smart lanes” in which multiple people can use a single inspection lane at the same time.


The airport will continue to ask customers to take out electronic devices such as computers and drinks before inspection.


The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry plans to expand the use of the new system at other airports after confirming its usefulness by comparing the new system with the conventional system.

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