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Auckland Airport trials 3D scanner to boost security

December 18, 2018 / Airport Technology

New Zealand’s Auckland Airport has unveiled a 3D scanner that will allow quarantine officers to easily scan and identify unwanted pests in the bags of international passengers. The new X-ray technology produces 3D pictures, which will help discover items that have previously been hard such as dried meat, goods are hidden behind laptops, stink bugs and smuggled fruit. New Zealand Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor said: “Our dynamic biosecurity environment means we must constantly adjust our scrutiny and strengthen our border security as threats emerge. Biosecurity New Zealand is also developing software with Australian counterparts that will allow the scanner to automatically recognize risky items such as fruit that could harbor fruit fly.