Smiths to supply screening solutions to airport in Samoa

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Smiths Detection has announced that it will supply aviation security screening equipment to the Faleolo International Airport in Samoa.

The global threat detection and security screening solutions company was awarded the contract by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The New Zealand government is working closely with Samoa, upgrading screening technology with the long term goal of promoting tourism as well as safe travel to and from the Pacific Island country.

Innovative screening solutions

According to an announcement published by Smiths Detection, Samoa’s largest airport will receive three HI-SCAN 6040-2is screening solutions for carry-on baggage.

Moreover, it is set to utilise one CTX 5800 CT x-ray machine for checked in baggage, one 100100T-2is x-ray machine for large cargo and three IONSCAN 600 Explosive Trace Detection systems.

The company has also claimed that the agreement will cover staff training as well as support for maintenance and spare parts.

This will significantly optimise usage and uptime.

Improving safety and passenger experiences

Aurelien Guilbert, North & South Asia Market Head, Smiths Detection said: “We’re delighted that we have been selected to strengthen Faleolo International Airport’s security capabilities.

“Once installed, the equipment will not only enhance safety at Faleolo International Airport but help enable direct flights between the US and Samoa and improve the overall passenger airport experience.”

“I acknowledge the work and tireless efforts of the people behind the scenes to bring this to completion,” added Samoa Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Honourable Olo Fiti Afoa Va’ai.

“The installation of this new equipment will ensure Samoa’s continued compliance with ICAO standards and is a timely investment as we prepare to host the CHOGM meeting in 2024.”

Installation of the systems is said to begin in mid-2024.

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