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Tallinn Airport to employ automatic security measures

Travelers can expect ongoing changes as Tallinn Airport continues to undergo renovation.
Travelers can expect ongoing changes as Tallinn Airport continues to undergo renovation. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

Renovations at Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport will be completed by July, just in time for the beginning of the Estonian presidency of the EU, which will improve airport capacity, increase security and provide 30 new jobs as well.

The most apparent change for regular travelers will be the relocation of the airport's security screening point from its previous location to the end of the passenger terminal. In addition to the new location, travelers will have to get used to the fact that the screening process will soon be fully automatic, wrote daily Eesti Päevaleht.

"If people have properly prepared themselves and packed their carry-on luggage correctly, then essentially they will not come into contact at all with security officers," explained Ivar Nikopenzius, head of G4S' pre-flight security checks at Tallinn Airport. "Automated systems are a new general trend in airports around the world and they significantly increase passenger capacity."

While the number of security check lines will remain the same, five automated lines will increase capacity from 120 to nearly 250 passengers per hour. Luggage scanners may no longer even be positioned next to the line but rather operate from an adjacent room.

Carry-on luggage will move along rollers through the luggage-scanning machine. Should the scanner notice anything out of place, the luggage will automatically be directed to a separate belt where it will thereafter be checked by hand.

When packing their luggage, travelers must ensure that they have not packed along any prohibited items or hazardous substances. Prior to entering the security screening point, travelers should prepare accordingly as well, unpacking all electronic items and liquids.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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