UK picks Rapiscan to study lithium-battery screening

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Security screening specialist Rapiscan is to explore the feasibility of detecting batteries in air cargo, under a research contract from the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

The CAA has selected Rapiscan for a research and development effort to see whether undeclared lithium batteries in air freight can be identified.

CAA state safety programme manager Ian Shaw says the company has the technical experience to gather “significant” test data.

Under the nine-month contract Rapiscan will look at various cargo configurations and develop image-processing tools and detection algorithms.

“This project will further expand our support for air cargo safety and security,” says Rapiscan North America president Brad Buswell.

Rapiscan adds that the results of the examination could lead to new cargo-handling procedures and policies.