Dublin Airport Terminal 1 now hosts new passenger screening technology called Autopass, which allows travellers to scan their boarding cards prior to entering the security screening zone.
Autopass is intended as a security queue reduction measure, speeding up the passenger screening process required before those using the airport are permitted to fly to their onward destinations. According to a Dublin Airport press release, Terminal 1's passengers have responded positively to Autopass' introduction and the system's already proving its worth.
"Security queue times are already under seven minutes for over 97% of passengers, and the new facility would improve passenger flow even more", Passenger Services Manager at Terminal 1, Catherine Barber, explained.
The Autopass passenger screening system is comprised of 10 gates, positioned alongside a pair of lanes to be used by special needs passengers. It also features a dedicated pre-screening area, giving passengers a chance to ensure that the objects they carry, such as liquids, all fall within allowed security limits.
Dublin Airport makes the point, in its press release, that staff are positioned in the area around the clock to provide assistance to passengers who might need it. Autopass, as per the press release on Dublin Airport Terminal 1's latest arrival, ‘...is aimed at further reducing security queuing times for passengers before boarding their planes' and is ‘designed entirely with the passenger in mind', being ‘bright, friendly, open and spacious.'
In related news, Dublin Airport handled a shade below two million passengers during August 2010 - an near-two per cent drop compared to August 2009. The decrease has been especially attributed to one particular organisation, which has reduced elements of its flight services.
However, passenger numbers for the year gone so far at Dublin presently stand at the 13 million mark, a four per cent improvement on January-September 2010. 2009 saw 20 million passengers pass through - ranking Dublin ahead of all other Irish airports including Cork and Shannon. As covered by Airport International, Dublin Airport opened its second passenger terminal, Terminal 2, in November 2010.