Shannon Airport expands airport security team

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Nine new recruits are the latest to join Shannon Airport’s security team, strengthening the airport’s commitment to providing an easy passenger experience, reports Clodagh Dooley

Pictured from L-R  are some of Shannon Airport’s latest recruits – Aaron McSweeney, Ardnacrusha Co Clare, Michaela Conroy, Portumna Co Galway, Colin McCloskey, Bunratty Co Clare, Anne Fitzgerald, Sixmilebridge Co Clare, Screening Supervisor Brian Maloney, Shannon Airport’s Head of Security John Francis, Screening Supervisor Jean Moloney, Aung Marma, Ennis, Magdalena Gawron, Ennis, Joe Kelly, Lisnagry Co Limerick, Lina Cekanaviciena, Galway City and Darragh Tubridy, Labasheeda Co Clare. Pic by Arthur Ellis

Nine new recruits have received their official certificates after completing an intense training course in airport security at Shannon Airport.  

The new Airport Screening Unit (ASU) officers have undergone training, which includes how to operate the airport’s multimillion-euro state-of-the-art 3D X-ray screening system.

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The high-tech system has in-built explosive detection software that eliminates the need for passengers to separate liquids and electronics from their cabin bags. Shannon is the first state airport to introduce this new technology, which halves the time spent going through screening.  

Since March this year, the airport has recruited a total of 19 ASU officers to add to its existing team. The new recruits hail from Limerick, Clare, Galway, Lithuania, Poland, and as far away as Bangladesh and New Zealand. 

Welcoming the latest recruits to the team, Shannon Airport’s Head of Security John Francis said, “I would like to congratulate our latest group of newly trained ASU officers, and thank lead Instructor Jean Moloney who was supported by her colleagues, the screening supervisors, for the fantastic training they’ve given our new team members. 

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“We are committed to making our passengers’ journey at Shannon Airport as easy as possible. The new recruits have undergone intensive training in all aspects of airport security to prepare them for this extremely important role, as we continue to invest in our screening process.  

“Our team works across the unit, from greeting passengers and checking boarding cards, to analysing X-rays of baggage on our highly advanced system and guiding passengers as they begin to go through the security process.”

John added, “They also work with our colleagues from US Pre-Clearance, at our combined US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) check point system. Shannon is the only airport in the world to operate this combined US/EU checkpoint system, again eliminating an additional step in our passengers’ journey.”  

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The newly certified officers have been put through their paces during the training process, which includes both classroom-based and practical learning, followed by final examinations and certification by the Irish Aviation Authority.

ASU training covers a wide range of areas including, hand search of cabin baggage and of the person, screening of vehicles, identifying prohibited items, screening inflight and airport supplies, as well as customer service, reduced mobility, and familiarisation training in the airport’s special needs programme. Visit shannonairport.ie

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