Clément Bargain, edited by Gauthier Delomez / Photo credits: BERTRAND GUAY / AFP 06h15, April 27, 2023

The Aéroports de Paris group is testing latest-generation scanners at Orly, which no longer require passengers to remove liquids and computers from their cabin baggage. Management wants to reduce wait times at every point in the traveller's journey, starting with airport security. Europe 1 went to Paris-Orly airport.

"You take absolutely nothing out of your bags. When I say nothing, it's nothing!" says a security guard at Orly airport to passengers. An announcement that is surprising to travelers, accustomed to removing liquids and electronic devices from their luggage before being able to enter the departure lounge. "Now it's all over. It's fast, it's efficient!", savors a first passenger at the microphone of Europe 1.

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To minimize waiting times at each point in a traveler's journey, management is testing latest-generation scanners that no longer require you to remove objects from your bag. An experience appreciated by this other passenger: "We have nothing to go out, it's very fast. It's fluid, it's much better."

A saving of 30 seconds of preparation time

Concretely, the cabin bag engages in an X-ray scanner capable of detecting explosives. Behind his screen, Kevin, a security guard, scrutinizes every piece of luggage. "We have 3D vision that really allows us to see exactly the object. You can also see the luggage from different angles, cut out the luggage... We have views on the side, on the bottom, on the top ...", explains the agent.

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A more efficient control, and faster for passengers. "The experiment shows that we already save 30 seconds of preparation time," says Edward Arkwright, Executive Director of Aéroports de Paris. "In the end, we have more than a third fewer physical searches, which makes a new gain of two to three minutes per search," he adds. The group plans to install several of these machines at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle in the coming weeks, before an even wider deployment by 2024.