Mexico City International Airport

Mexico City International Airport; officially Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez is an international airport that serves Greater Mexico City. It is Mexico’s and Latin America’s busiest airport by passenger traffic and aircraft movements.

International efforts to improve aviation security were stepped up following the September 11th 2001 attacks, which had a profound impact on the aviation sector and has led to  a reappraisal of aviation security arrangements internationally.
Aviation security is the competence of Member States. National authorities either provide these services themselves or delegate them to the airport, which may subcontract some of the tasks to private security contractors.

The aviation industry lies at the centre of domestic and international transportation and plays a vital role in supporting the economic development and global competitiveness. Aviation security is therefore a major priority for national and international regulators. A trend in the aviation industry is the significant increase in passenger numbers as well as air-cargo. In Latin America, there has been a marked  increase both in  passenger numbers and in airline routes .This has had knock-on implications in terms of the amount of infrastructure space needed in airports to comply with stricter passenger security requirements and on approaches to passenger screening to cope with increased throughput. In the context of strengthened security measures since 9/11, and subsequent attempted attacks by terrorists, the need for ongoing vigilance has meant that the length and intensity of passenger security checks in airports have grown. This has resulted in a significant increase in the costs of security measures for airports, subsequent changes in the economic model of airport operations, and heavy impact of those security measures on airport throughput and airline delays.

Trace Detection Technologies

Using trace detectors, security officials can determine if items have been in the presence of drugs. The technology is based on the assumption that in concealment of drugs in a bag, vehicle, package, etc., the offender is bound to leave traces of the drug on parts of the item with which they have had physical contact. Trace detectors can be used to non-intrusively inspect cargo and containers. Drug residue on the exterior, or vapors seeping from the interior, can be detected by the detector and signals to security officers that the item requires further investigation. Trace Detectors operate in two basic modes: vapor detection and particle detection. As most narcotics substances do not have a strong vapor presence, and in the real world are difficult to detect, the more reliable sample collection method for these substances is particle collection.

Drug detection equipment such as Ion Spectrometry devices have been introduced into the prison systems, law enforcement agencies and customs and border control security checkpoints. However, a study published by Dr. Kay Lumas on the use of Ion scanners in detecting drugs maintains that this technology is not reliable enough. The reason lies in the fact that they produce so many false positive results. The report says that “ninety-one percent [91%] of the positive results, on confirmation, would be found to be false.” In other words, almost all positive scanner results are false. The United States Department of Justice agrees and found that “an innocuous substance such as prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, perfumes, lotions, herbal products, poppy seeds, chlorine baby wipes and gas fumes can be mistakenly identified as an illegal narcotic substance”.

To meet growing demand, MCIA is invested in upgrading infrastructure and equipment, in need of an efficient solution that could perform explosives and narcotics trace detection.

DUOSCAN provided a proactive solution while lowering their costs and improving system performance.

DUOSCAN  is ideal foraviation and transportation security, high-threat facilities and infrastructures, military, police, customs, border control, mail inspection, and cargo screening markets.

DUOSCAN, has proven to perform well in a wide variety of temperatures and challengingenvironments, from dry and dusty to humid areas.