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New Security Screening System 29 March 2004

From Monday 5th April 2004, the new security screening system for checked-in baggage will come into full use for all departing flights. The system has already been used on a trial basis for selected flights.

Departing passengers have, in recent weeks, been subject to the disruption of taking all their own bags for a manual X-ray check. This temporary system has worked well, and has caused no delays. The Airport extends its appreciation to all passengers and staff for their assistance and co-operation during this period.

The new system represents a significant improvement for passengers, because only a small proportion of bags will now be rejected by the X-ray system. Previously, a high percentage of passengers were selected for a manual X-ray check.

The system has been supplied by Caljan UK Ltd and has entailed modifying and adding to the existing outbound baggage conveyors, and installing the X-ray machines through which all bags will pass. The project has cost 0.7M, via a sale and leaseback arrangement, and Securicor (IOM) Ltd will operate and staff the system on behalf of the Airport.

Airport Director, Phil Pain, commented:

"The installation work has been completed on time and within cost, and it brings our security precautions up to the full International standards, replacing the previous 'Domestic' requirement.

"Extensive commissioning tests have taken place since the installation was completed and there has been thorough staff training. We are pleased with the performance of the equipment and it will result in easier and more secure travel for our customers, whilst fully meeting our obligations towards international air travel."

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