* Pictured by LR are some of Shannon Airport’s latest recruits – Aaron McSweeney, Ardnacrusha Co Clare, Michaela Conroy, Portumna Co Galway, Colin McCloskey, Bunratty Co Clare, Anne Fitzgerald, Sixmilebridge Co Clare, Supervisor of screening Brian Maloney, Shannon Airport Security Manager John Francis, Screening Supervisor Jean Moloney, Aung Marma, Ennis, Magdalena Gawron, Ennis, Joe Kelly, Lisnagry Co Limerick, Lina Cekanaviciena, Galway City and Darragh Tubridy, Labasheda Co Clare. Photography: Arthur Ellis
SHANNON AIRPORT has hired nine new recruits to its security team as part of its commitment to providing an easy passenger experience.
Official certificates were received by the nine new recruits after undergoing intense training in airport security. Officers from the Airport Screening Unit (ASU) have undergone training, which includes the use of the airport’s state-of-the-art, multimillion-euro 3D X-ray screening system.
This high-tech, €2.5 million system has built-in explosives detection software, which eliminates the need for passengers to separate liquids and electronic devices from their carry-on baggage. Shannon is the first state airport to introduce this new technology which cuts the time spent going through screening in half.
Since March this year, Shannon Airport has recruited a total of 19 ASU officers to complement its existing team. The new recruits come from Limerick, Clare, Galway, Lithuania, Poland and as far away as Bangladesh and New Zealand.
Head of security at Shannon Airport, John Francis paid tribute to lead instructor Jean Moloney, his colleagues and screening supervisors for the training provided. “We are committed to making our passengers’ journey through Shannon Airport as easy as possible. New hires have undergone intensive training in all aspects of airport security to prepare them for this extremely important role as we continue to invest in our screening process.”
He added: “Our team works across the unit, from greeting passengers and checking boarding passes, to analyzing x-rays of baggage on our highly advanced system and guiding passengers they start going through the security process. They also work with our colleagues at US Pre-Clearance, at our combined US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint system. Shannon is the only airport in the world to operate this combined US/EU checkpoint system, again eliminating an extra step in our passenger journey.”
Newly certified officers were put through their paces through the training process, which includes both classroom and hands-on learning, followed by final exams and certification by the Irish Aviation Authority.
ASU training covers a wide range of areas, including manual search of carry-on and personal baggage, vehicle screening, contraband identification, in-flight and airport supply screening, as well as customer service, reduced mobility and familiarization training in the special area of the airport. needs a program.