An airport full body scanner is generally used to detect critical threats to national security and aviation. The full body scanners let a security official to check any hidden objects on a person’s clothes or body. Full body scanners stand as the next step in airport security overcoming metal detecting scanners. Full body scanners are critically effective equipment in the security screening sector. Full body scanners are electronic devices which help in detecting suspicious objects during security checks. These type of scanners are particularly used in areas which require high strategic importance and high security vigilance including defense headquarters, VVIP residences and airports among others. Full body scanners help the invigilators or operators to spot images of the person’s body with alternate wavelengths and aids in the detection of suspicious objects hidden under the prosthetics or attire. In comparison to metal detectors, the full body scanners are capable of detecting non-metal objects like surgically implanted bombs and non-metallic bombing equipment.
Increase in terrorist activities and rising threats to key economies have propelled the governing bodies to employ aviation threat controls. For instance, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) augmented the surveillance scanning mechanisms across country’s exit and entry points. Installation of full body scanners at airports facilitates in reducing fraudulent activities such as narcotics, smuggling of diamonds, weapons and others illegal/expensive items. The impact of terrorist activities has been efficiently reduced owing to the use of security screening systems and full body scanner as one of the major systems. Moreover, rising awareness for airport security and upcoming airport constructions across developing countries have added to the adoption of airport full body scanners. However, issues related to privacy of certain passengers such as images of their bare bodies displayed to screening agents is a key reason which has widely affected the global airport full body scanners market. Although, in order to overcome the aforementioned privacy issues, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act, 2012 have regularized the use of automated target recognition software that alternates the naked body with a cartoon like figure, which in turn is incurring additional expenditures, thus restraining the growth of the global market. In addition, increasing concerns for security as well as rising border crimes are some key aspects fueling the demand for efficient security and safety mechanisms at airports. Full body scanners at commercial airports are able to detect several serious threats in shortest turnaround time to avoid unwanted mishaps during the travel. The implementation of full body scanners is expected to attract huge investments across the globe. Furthermore, these systems are anticipated to play a crucial role in recognizing terrorism and drug trafficking. Rising preference for air travel is in turn driving the demand for enhanced airport security which is another key factor projected to drive the global airport full body scanners market. Also, increasing need for time efficient security systems coupled with increasing number of airports with advanced and latest technologies is further anticipated to propel the growth of overall market. However, high initial investments may restrain the growth of global airport full body scanners market.
The global airport full body scanners market can be segmented on the basis of scanning technology, airport type and region. On the basis of scanning technology, the global airport full body scanners market can be segmented into backscatter X-ray scanners and millimeter wave scanners. The latter works on electromagnetic radiation with non-ionizing technology and is generally used by wireless data transmitters in critically high frequency bands. Backscatter X-ray machines are typically used by low dose penetrating radiations. On the basis of airport type, the global airport full body scanners market can be segmented into commercial airports, cargo airports, reliever airports and general aviation airports. The commercial airports segment can be further sub-segmented into primary airports and non-primary airports. On the basis of region, the global airport full body scanners market can be segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific.
Major players in the global airport full body scanners market include Rapiscan Systems Ltd., Millivision Inc., L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc., Brijot Imaging Systems, American Science & Engineering Group, Braun & Company Ltd. and Tek84 Engineering Group LLC. among others.