Member since 06 Dec 2014
Total posts 11
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 31 Jan 2013
Total posts 38
And I still get singled out all the time. For me it seems to be the luck of the draw, every time I pass through security, the swab guy just happens to be free just as I pick up my bag off the x-ray scanner. I don't think I look like a security risk either, I think it is just bad luck/timing on my part.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 22 Jul 2017
Total posts 4
Interesting that the guard gave you that type of information, I would've thought that they would check for that also. My personal opinion is that security in and around airports has always been too lax in Australia. Given the evolving nature of terrorism and their capabilities to evade security or have persons working for them inside airports as already demonstrated recently with Metrojet Flight 9268, Daallo Airlines Flight 159, it's nice to see increased screening, uniformed presence and use of technology to assist detection of possible problem people/items. I can also bet there would be a huge behind the scenes effort to check the bona fides of many airport workers and security guards.
Member since 01 Aug 2017
Total posts 1
1. The machine that you walk through is a Walk Through Metal detector it is used to detect metal on ones person. It has been set at a level that allows a certain amount of metal through but not enough that you can take a big metal object through like a knife.2. The machines that they swap you are used to detect explosives only in the airport screening environment. They can be used to test GSR and drugs but haven't been configured for that.3. Most of the major airports have gone to a system that will auto select the next person for the swab test. You will notice a tablet like device next to the swabbing machine they will press a button on it when they start the test then a button when then finish the test. When they have finished the test the machine will select the next person this will flash the Walk through metal detector a different colour when you walk through this will let the screener know too pick you. So the software doesn't know your sex, race, apparence etc. Just random. 4. As I answered in 3 the system doesn't know what you look like so it might select a business person first then a uni student next. I hope that answers your questions.
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