Shannon Airport has expanded its airport security team to reinforce its commitment to improving passenger flows and enhancing the airport experience for visitors, particularly during the busy summer months.
A total of nine the new recruits received their official certificates after undergoing intense training in airport security.
New officers at 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.
The high-tech 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, the 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.
Welcoming the newest nine additions to the team, Shannon Airport Security Manager John Francis said: “We are committed to making our passengers’ journey through Shannon Airport as easy as possible.
“The new recruits 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.
“Our team works across the unit, from greeting passengers and checking boarding passes to scanning baggage x-rays on our highly advanced system and guiding passengers as they begin to go through the security process.
“They are also working with our colleagues at US Pre-Clearance, on 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 passengers’ journey.
Newly certified officers were put 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.