First detection for hand baggage scanner

10 December 2020

Biosecurity New Zealand’s new hand baggage scanner has made its first detection – two bananas in a small carry-on bag arriving with a New Zealand family from Dubai.

The scanner has been in use since late October at Auckland Airport, where arriving passengers have their hand baggage scanned before they collect checked-in items from the airport carousels. Baggage that travellers carry off the plane is deliberately being targeted because that’s where food that could host fruit fly and other pests is most likely to be found.

The scanner uses technology that produces three-dimensional images of baggage contents and is at least 2.5 times better at detecting risk items than 2D x-ray imaging.