Airport full body scanners are used in airports across the globe to scan the people and their assets carrying along with them to identify any suspicious objects which are not allowed to carry during the journey. These full body scanners can detect the explosive items, drugs, or any metallic material from the subject’s body without removing the clothes or physically touching the subject. Airport full body scanners system uses radio waves that are harmless to the body. Through this scanner, passengers can pass the check-in process in only 3 seconds, and no longer need to undergo metal detectors or body searches. It also helps security personnel to find people carrying weapons, smuggling cash, or drugs. The Airport full-body scanner detects the passenger’s body by emitting radio waves or X-rays, and then images on display.
Global Airport full body scanner Market is estimated to grow with a significant rate during the forecast period, 2020-2027. Major growth drivers of the global airport full-body scanner market are the smuggling of narcotics across the border. According to the World Bank, in 2001, on 11 September, American airlines got hijacked, and around 11 similar hijackings were done by terrorists and led to the death of about 3,000 people. Therefore, advanced technology full-body scanners are required to be adopted to reduce similar incidents.
These full body scanners reduce the terror risk and other factors and help in the reduction of layers of security checking as advanced technology will reduce the checking time and will provide a better experience to the passenger. Therefore, the installation of a full-body scanner at an introduction stage help in attracting high investments worldwide.
With an increasing number of air travel passengers coupled with rising security concerns, the commercial aviation sector expected to witness a boost in the global airport full body scanner market shortly. Moreover, significant growth drivers of the global airport full body scanner market are increasing the rate of terrorist activities and hijack of airplanes, which are fueling the security concerns. Besides, the smuggling of narcotics across the border has given fuel in the rising number of the full body scanner.
The increasing terror attacks and the hijacking of airplanes are the reason behind increasing strict security checking and the adoption of the full body scanner. Ease of booking and various discount offers provided by booking websites in partnership with airlines allow passengers from each income group to travel by airplanes. Therefore, security measures are getting even stricter, and chances of having terror attacks or smuggling of drugs have also increased. Security measures are considered as significant concern and adoption of full body scanners are getting mandatory in airports.
The advance technology full-body scanner takes a few minutes to scan the passenger and can easily detect any objectionable material. Full body scanner sensitivity towards identifying any unwanted subject within a short period will reduce the waiting time and thereby led to a better and safer journey ahead.
Due to urbanization, an increase in the disposable income level and a rising standard of living has driven the demand for air travel. Additionally, discounted price on online booking of flights and has catered to the middle-income group. A rise in the number of passengers will boost the adoption of airport full body scanner in the global market.
One of the significant challenges market is facing is the privacy of the passenger as a body scanner scans each body part and project the picture of the same on the screen, which creates an issue and privacy breach of the passenger. Therefore, to overcome this restraint, the advanced technology full body scanner project cartoon images of each body part on the screen. Thus, it resolves the privacy issue and overcomes the significant restriction in this market.
Based on airport type, the global airport full body scanner market segmented into Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, Class E, and Class G. Class A captures the large market and projected to dominate the market in the forecast period from 2020-2027. Class A ranges from 18,000 feet (Flight Level 180) to 60,000 feet (FL600). Operation is by Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). The aircraft must be equipped with appropriate IFR instrumentation.
Based on the technology, a global airport full body scanner market is bifurcated into a Millimeter radio-wave scanner (Passive scanner, and Active Scanner), and Backscatter X-Ray scanner. Millimeter Radio wave scanner captures the largest market share in 2019 and expected to increase by 2020-2027. It is owing to efficient and convenient use as they require only a single stationary position and can scan faster than other scanners. Millimeter radio wave projects low-level radiofrequency energy, which does not harm the body of a passenger while detecting hidden objects under the clothes.
Backscatter X-ray scanner will drive by its benefits such as narrow X-ray beams to scan subjects at high speed, and it is relatively low energy and can penetrate through the clothing of the subject.
Based on end-user, the global airport full body scanner market segregated into Airport, Defense Headquarters, and Others. The airport segment captures the largest market share in 2019 and continues to dominate in the forecast period. The airport full-body scanner segment has dominated the market due to the improvement of living standards, the increase in people’s income level, the rise in terror attacks, security concerns, and the smuggling of narcotics.
Based on geography, the global Airport full-body market segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa. The North American region has captured the largest market share in 2019, due to its keen interest in the adoption and investment of new technologies or better returns. Additionally, North America is the fastest-growing market, owing to the high risk of security threats and criminal activities.
Companies such as Millivision Inc., Rapiscan Systems Ltd., Brijot Imaging Systems, L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc., Tek84 Engineering Group LLC, American Science & Engineering Group, Braun & Company Ltd., Smiths Group PLC, and CST Digital Communications are keys players in global airport full-body scanner market.
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