T4 security screening will be safe, efficient

We thank Mr Yeo Thye Lye for sharing his concerns ("Centralised security screening inefficient, risky"; last Friday).

Security is a key priority in our planning of the design and operations of Terminal 4 (T4).

The relatively compact size of the terminal was a factor in the decision to adopt centralised screening.

We have consulted extensively with the authorities to ensure that security processes at T4 not only uphold high safety and security standards, but are also efficient.

Globally, many major airports have adopted centralised security screening. For both centralised and decentralised models, there are established measures, accepted by international aviation bodies, to ensure the effectiveness of each process.

Similarly, appropriate security measures will be put in place at T4.

As an example, the types of cutlery to be used in the restaurants in the restricted area of T4 will be similar to those used by airlines for in-flight dining.

At Changi Airport, we aim to ensure that security screening at T4 will be as smooth as what Changi's passengers are accustomed to at our existing terminals.

We are mindful of Mr Yeo's concerns and assure him that the overall experience at T4 will be one that passengers can look forward to.

Alan Tan

Vice-President

Aerodrome Safety and Aviation Security

Changi Airport Group

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2016, with the headline 'T4 security screening will be safe, efficient'. Print Edition | Subscribe