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Aviation security screening approved equipment list

Aviation security screening equipment must meet UK and international performance standards before it can be deployed and used operationally.

How aviation security equipment is approved

Testing is undertaken in the UK and test centres within Europe that have been recognised by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC).

Equipment list

The list covers the following approved equipment:

  • people screening: security scanners and explosive trace detection equipment (ETD)
  • hold baggage screening (HBS): explosive detection systems (EDS) and ETD
  • cabin baggage screening: advanced cabin baggage x-ray (ACBX), liquid explosive detection systems (LEDS) and ETD
  • cargo screening: ETD, cargo and mail metal detection (CMMD), EDS, remote explosive scent tracing (REST) and free running explosive detection dogs (FREDD)
  • consumables: approved consumables for ETD
  • threat image projection (TIP) libraries: the library of images controlled and defined by the department

For further information please email the DfT Research, Analysis and Development team.

A number of equipment types do not require specific Department for Transport (DfT) approval before use, including:

  • conventional x-ray equipment
  • cargo x-ray screening equipment
  • hand-held metal detectors (HHMD)
  • walk-through metal detectors (WTMD)

Alternative sources of information are available at:

Approved equipment list

  1. Advanced cabin baggage x-ray liquid explosive detection systems

    • Guidance
  2. Advanced cabin baggage x-ray systems

    • Guidance
  3. Aviation security screening equipment exempt from DfT approval

    • Guidance
  4. Cargo and mail metal detection systems for aviation security

    • Guidance
  5. Explosive detection systems for aviation security

    • Guidance
  6. Explosive trace detection systems: consumables

    • Guidance
  7. Explosive trace detection systems for aviation security

    • Guidance
  8. Free running explosive detection dogs for aviation security

    • Guidance
  9. Liquid explosive detection systems for aviation security

    • Guidance
  10. Remote explosive scent tracing suppliers

    • Guidance
  11. Screening liquids less than 100ml: equipment

    • Guidance
  12. Security scanners for aviation security

    • Guidance
  13. Threat image projection library software

    • Guidance
  14. Threat image projection management software

    • Guidance
Published 27 September 2013
Last updated 16 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updates to 6 approved aviation security equipment lists and a new approved free running explosive detection dogs list published.
  2. New Threat image projection library software page added to collection page.
  3. List of approved aviation security screening equipment updated.
  4. New security screening equipment for security scanners (SSc) and liquid explosives detection systems (LEDS).
  5. Lists updated with security screening equipment approved in February 2016.
  6. Approved equipment list updated.
  7. Approved equipment list updated.
  8. First published.