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New security control procedure: removing portable electronic devices with batteries from hand baggage before scanning

Article published
21.2.2020 at 14:58
Two women at a security control area at Helsinki Airport
Finavia has made changes to the passenger instructions to streamline the security control process. Passengers are requested to remove all portable electronic devices containing batteries from their hand baggage before entering security control and to place them in the containers available at the line-up.

“For instance, when an electric razor is removed from the hand baggage before entering security control, there is no need to separately look for it after scanning the bags. This speeds up the whole process by reducing the amount of time used for looking for items and rescanning them,” says the Director of Risk Management at Finavia Juha-Pekka Pystynen.

Today, there are more electronic devices in the passengers’ hand baggage than before and, therefore, their smooth scanning significantly improves the security control process.

“The new procedure applies to all battery-powered electronic devices. From here on, in addition to mobile phones, computers and cameras, passengers must place devices such as electric razors and electric toothbrushes in the containers for scanning,” Pystynen continues.

As a consequence of the new process, all battery-powered electronic devices must be removed from the hand baggage. This also applies to personal hygiene products, such as electric toothbrushes and electric razors, but they can be left in their own containers or pouches.

The new process has been put into operation at Helsinki Airport on 21 February 2020. The new instructions do not apply at the transfer passengers' security control checkpoint. Passengers may also follow the process at other Finavia airports, as it makes passing through security control easier everywhere.

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Updated 4.3.2020: Added, that the new instructions do not apply at the transfer passengers' security control checkpoint. Specified, that the new procedure applies to battery-powered electronic devices.