Singapore’s Changi Airport Group (CAG) is currently testing a new system at Terminal 3 that utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze and interpret X-ray images from the scanners used to inspect cabin luggage. This innovative system reduces the […]
Singapore’s Changi Airport Group (CAG) is currently testing a new system at Terminal 3 that utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze and interpret X-ray images from the scanners used to inspect cabin luggage.
This innovative system reduces the processing time of these images, resulting in faster security checks and a lower probability of human error, according to the airport operator.
Initial results are promising, with the AI-powered system performing equally well or even better than human security officers in detecting certain prohibited items.
Prohibited items in cabin luggage include dangerous substances such as insecticides, lighters, and sharp objects like pocket knives.
CAG has not provided further details about the testing, citing security reasons.
Reports suggest that X-ray images from bag scanners can be reviewed up to five times faster with the assistance of artificial intelligence compared to a human operator. Multiple tests of such algorithms are already being conducted in countries like the Netherlands, China, and the United States, according to Airport World.
CAG stated that the development and testing of this new security technology, known in the industry as the Automated Prohibited Item Detection System (APIDS), are still in the early stages. Currently, it is only used as a support system for security at Singapore’s airport, identifying items that pose a threat. However, the ultimate goal is to increase automation levels so that security personnel only manually check bags flagged by the system.
This is similar to the current security screening process for checked luggage. “As technology advances, Changi will decide whether to expand its usage throughout the airport,” CAG stated in the November edition of Changi Journeys, an electronic magazine. “This practice is expected to further improve the speed of checks by up to 50%, while also enabling resource optimization and redirection to other areas,” they added.
Although acknowledging that security checkpoints are one of the areas of the airport with the highest human involvement, CAG has refused to disclose the current number of security officers.