Skills in action – Avalon Airport new screening technology

The Aviation Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is in the process of developing a new Unit of Competency and one new Skill Set to enhance the vocational skills and professionalisation pathways for transport security protection roles.

The new Unit will cover advances to technological skills in the area of 3D Computed Tomography (CT) Scanning aimed at making the screening of passenger baggage faster and more efficient.

CT technology creates a 3-D image of bags’ content that can be rotated 360 degrees for a thorough analysis. This means that passengers will no longer be required to remove laptops, electronic devices, liquids or gels from their bags at security checkpoints, resulting in a quicker screening process.

On a recent visit to Avalon Airport, AIS industry Skills Specialist for Aviation, Paschal Somers, met with Andrew Elliott, Head of Operations and some of his team to gain a deeper insight into the skills required to operate the technology effectively.

This new occupational standard will be released for public consultation and feedback later this month.

Find out more about this project here.