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Whitsunday Regional Council has purchased $160,000 worth of new state-of-the-art securityscreening equipment for Whitsunday Coast Airport, as part of Council taking over the securityscreening authority at Whitsunday Coast Airport from 10th September.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the new equipment will provide a safer travelling environment at theairport.
“This new state-of-the-art equipment provides a more accurate and safer screening service for the passengers traveling through the Whitsunday Coast Airport,” she said
“This is another step in developing the airport with the aim of upgrading the airport to international status as the Whitsunday Coast International Export Hub.
"Qantas Airways have made a business decisions to hand back screening point authorityresponsibility to airports, a decision Council fully supports.
"From an operational perspective it allows for greater on the ground engagement with our security partners in delivering a seamless airport screening process.
"Council's investment in the new screening equipment, places the airport on par with country'smajor airports by way of technology.
“The new security screening equipment includes a new x-ray screening point which has dual view x-ray screening, meaning the security screeners will now be able to view a horizontal and vertical x-ray view of luggage.
“There is also a new walk through metal detector which has more accurate pin-pointing of metalobjects that the previous machine.
“The airport also has a new explosives trace machine and new roller-bed conveyor belts.
“MSS the current provider of screening services will remain at Whitsunday Coast Airportconducting the security screening,” she said.
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