Executive Traveller exclusive
Want to shave valuable time off your next visit to Sydney Airport’s Terminal 3, ahead of catching a Qantas or QantasLink flight?
When you enter the terminal, cast a quick glance to your far left, towards the small security checkpoint tucked away opposite the priority baggage check-in zone.
Usually open during peak hours, this little-known security lane is favoured by Qantas crew as well as clued-in frequent flyers – and now there’s one more reason to choose it over the much busier central security area.
Sydney Airport recently equipped this checkpoint with new 3D scanning technology which lets you leave laptops, tablets, liquids, aerosols and gels inside your carry-on bags.
A spokesperson for Sydney Airport tells Executive Traveller the same computer tomography (CT) scanners, which provide a rotating high-resolution view deep inside cabin bags – instead of the flat two-dimensional imaging of conventional scanners – will be rolled out to the main T3 security area by the end of this year, in time for December’s peak travel season.
There’s no arguing this is better late than never – the ‘smart lane’ systems would certainly have helped reduce April’s lengthy Easter holiday queues – and similar systems are already in place at Melbourne T4 along with domestic and international terminals at airports including Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin and Melbourne Avalon.
An improved explosive detection mechanism could even see the end of those extra random post-security swab checks.
However, travellers will still need to remove extra layers such as jackets and belts along with items from their pockets before passing through security.
The Sydney Airport spokesperson declined to comment when or if these advanced scanners would be introduced at Sydney’s T1 international terminal and T2, from which Virgin Australia, Jetstar and other smaller airlines operate.
The upgrade at Sydney Airport comes some four years after the federal government directed all Australian airports which are required to screen travellers to update their systems.