Smiths Detection UVC trays on trial at Charles de Gaulle

The technology helps limit potential contact with Covid-19, with hopes it will improve passenger confidence as international travel begins to return  

Security screening technologies firm, Smiths Detection has announced that its ultraviolet (UVC) automatic tray disinfection solution is currently being trialled at Paris/Charles de Gaulle Airport, in collaboration with Groupe ADP.  

The UVC system has been tested in Terminal E at the French hub since September 2020.  

According to the firm, the light kits are able to destroy up to 99.9% of microorganisms that may be present on baggage and at the security checkpoint.  

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Using Smiths Detection’s technology, the trays are automatically disinfected as they travel from the reclaim areas back to the divest station. This helps to limit contact with potential contagious diseases.  

“We have already been working closely with several international airports to deliver the necessary enhancements to their screening process in response to the pandemic,” said Gabriel Pequignot, market head at Smiths Detection. “Easily deployed, UVC lights are extremely effective in reducing the transmission of any bacteria or virus that be might be on the surface of trays. This way we are helping travellers feel safer during the security screening process.” 

The firm has specified that due to the specially designed casing, the UVC lights do not pose an exposure risk to staff or passengers.  

The three French hubs operated by Groupe ADP – Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Le Bourget – have obtained the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) awarded by the Airports Council International (ACI) for demonstrating high safety standards.