Air­port se­cu­rity over­haul be­gin

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By James Parkes jparkes@cb­

WORK has be­gun at Ali­can­teElche air­port to re­new and en­large se­cu­rity con­trols for pas­sen­gers.

Air­port au­thor­ity AENA will be spend­ing €7mil­lion on the scheme aimed at fa­cil­i­tat­ing and speed­ing up the pro­cess­ing of pas­sen­gers at the se­cu­rity con­trol points.

Twenty-four new au­to­matic board­ing pass read­ers will be in­stalled in the de­par­tures area that will lead to 24 new pas­sen­ger and hand lug­gage se­cu­rity lines (there are cur­rently 17). Four of these new lines will be sep­a­rate from the rest to be used specif­i­cally by pas­sen­gers with mo­bil­ity prob­lems.

The se­cu­rity con­trol area in the de­par­tures area is be­ing ex­tended by 1,300 sqm, which will lead to the re­lo­ca­tion of air­port shops.

There will also be a pri­or­ity se­cu­rity con­trol for fam­i­lies with young chil­dren, with a wider pas­sen­ger de­tec­tor for pushchairs.

The ex­ist­ing fast-line for pas­sen­gers who book the ser­vice via the AENA mo­bile phone app or web­page and as­so­ci­ated air­lines will re­main in place.

In ad­di­tion to the ex­ten­sion, all lug­gage X-ray ma­chines will be re­placed by new ones equipped with the lat­est de­tec­tion tech­nol­ogy.

A new hand lug­gage tray han­dling sys­tem will also be in­stalled to au­to­mat­i­cally re­place those at the be­gin­ning of the queue once they have been used.

The work is be­ing car­ried out grad­u­ally over the low sea­son this win­ter to cause the least pos­si­ble in­con­ve­nience to pas­sen­gers.

Costa Blanca News read­ers will re­mem­ber that last week, two men claim­ing to be Ira­nian cit­i­zens man­aged to get on board a Flybe flight from Ali­cante to Ex­eter with­out a pass­port.

Busy se­cu­rity check area at the ter­mi­nal's de­par­ture area

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