$400M screening equipment commissioned at CJIA


Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill on Saturday commissioned over $400M worth of screening equipment at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at Timehri, East Bank Demerara.

These pieces of equipment have built-in state-of-the-art technologies and were funded by the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation with support from the Government of Guyana.

These new scanners will help detect threats to civil aviation quickly and aid law enforcement in its fight against narco-trafficking at the main port of entry. The new machines have automatic detection capabilities and will allow the screener to manipulate and further examine anomalies detected in passenger luggage.

Two of the new screening equipment will be deployed at the Passenger In-transit and Staff Screening Points.

L-R: CEO of the CJIA, Ramesh Ghir; CJIA board member, Dawn Elis; Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill; CJIA Chairman, Mr. Sanjeev Datadin; and Commissioner of Police (ag), Mr. Nigel Hoppie at the ribbon cutting ceremony (CJIA photo)

Intransit Passenger Check Point

Intransit Passengers will no longer have to clear Arrivals Immigration and be escorted to the Departures’ Terminal to board their connecting flights. These passengers will enter directly into the Departures’ Lounge after being screened at the In-transit Check Point.

Staff Screening Check Point

Employees of the airport will be screened separately from passengers, thus improving the processing time for each flight.

This is a much-needed and welcomed service and will assist the concessionaires in promptly scanning their goods/merchandise.

The machines, commissioned today, include:

  1. One (1) CTX 5800 Checked Luggage Scanner – G$290M

The CTX 5800 explosive detection system (EDS), which is TSA certified, quickly identifies threats in checked baggage.

The CTX5800 is a Computer Tomography (C.T) base system, which uses a single X-ray generator to provides high-resolution 3D images for quick and accurate threat, making it ideal for airports, such as CJIA.

It can be fully integrated into a Baggage Handling System and offers networking solutions to link multiple scanners for efficient image distribution and system monitoring among operators. This new system will also have the ability to automatically separate baggage from those that require secondary checks.

This unit replaces the Rapiscan 528, which was commissioned at CJIA more than 16 years ago.

Guyana is one of the few countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that

have deployed this new technology at the airport.

  1. Two Smiths HI-SCAN 6040-2is Hand Luggage Scanner – G$64M

This is a Dual-View X-ray Inspection for hand luggage and is a reliable and flexible security scanner. The HI-SCAN 6040-2is HR is an advanced dual-view X-ray inspection system for the automatic detection of solid and liquid explosives in personal belongings and cabin baggage.

Using proven X-ray technology, the HI-SCAN 6040-2is HR generates reliable, high-quality dual-view images. The modern, ergonomic design provides a user-friendly interface to make it easier for the operator to identify threats and dangerous or illegal objects on the screen.

  1. Two Rapiscan 620 Dual View Hand Luggage Scanner – G$36M

The Rapiscan 620DV is an advanced checkpoint screening solution designed for aviation and high-security applications. It uses innovative dual-view technology to generate a horizontal and vertical view of the object under inspection. Rapiscan 620DV has been approved and included on the qualified list applicable to the U.S. TSA Advanced Technology (AT) checkpoint program for security equipment. Rapiscan 620DV provides unsurpassed image quality, regulatory approved automatic detection of solid explosive software, and Automatic Liquid Explosive Identification.

  1. One (1) IONSCAN 600 Portable Explosive & Narcotics Trace Detector – G$15M

The IONSCAN 600 is a highly sensitive trace detector in a lightweight, portable desktop configuration. It can be used to accurately detect and identify a wide range of military, commercial, and homemade explosives threats and common illegal/controlled narcotics, including the highly potent synthetic fentanyl opioids that are rapidly spreading across the world.

The IONSCAN600 provides accurate trace explosives and narcotic detections simultaneously or can be programmed for dedicated explosives-only or narcotics-only detection depending on specific requirements.


1) L3 Pro Vision Scanner ProVision ATD with Automatic Target Detection quickly screens passengers using safe active millimeter wave (MMW) radio frequency technology to automatically detect concealed objects made of a broad variety of materials — both metallic and non-metallic.

The passenger experience with the ProVision ATD is convenient, straightforward, and efficient, requiring only a single stationary position during a less than 1.5-second scan.

The system does all the work for the customer and requires no special movements or motions.

ProVision ATD is image-free solution and eliminates privacy concerns.

2) Closed Circuit Television Cameras

There are a few hundred security cameras in the terminal building and the immediate environs of the airport.

These include facial recognition and licence plate recognition cameras.


1) Body Cameras

The Airport Corporation is currently in the process of procuring Body Cameras for its Security Staff.

2) Bottle Scanners for Liquids

These scanners will allow passengers to take liquids through the main checkpoint.

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