Executive Traveller exclusive
Travellers on domestic Qantas and QantasLink flights from Sydney Airport can now scoot straight through the security checkpoint without having to remove laptops and tablets, liquids, aerosols and gels from their carry-on bags.
Sydney Airport has completed the rollout of new 3D scanning technology to the main entry at Terminal 3, following its introduction in May at T3’s secondary screening checkpoint snuck away to the left of the terminal.
Similar time-saving tech is already in place at Melbourne T4 along with domestic and international terminals at airports including Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin and Melbourne Avalon.
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.
An improved explosive detection mechanism could even see the end of those additional 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.