Paris Charles de Gaulle airport unveils new luggage system ahead of Olympics

April 24, 2024 by No Comments

Officials at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport unveiled a new security baggage system and a dedicated baggage handling area ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games on Tuesday. The new equipment includes an updated scanner system to allow for a more detailed scan of passengers’ baggage, so that travelers won’t have to remove items such as liquids, aerosols or liquids from their bags. “If we have doubts about a piece of luggage, the luggage won’t leave,” said Edward Arkwright, CEO of Aéroports de Paris Group, the body that runs Paris’ airports. “We prefer an athlete to leave without their luggage rather than leaving (with something) questionable.” As the first gateway to the Olympics and Paralympics, Charles de Gaulle Airport expects to process over 114,000 pieces of baggage from delegations and the media and will receive an estimated 47,000 pieces of sports equipment. The airport also unveiled the “baggage factory,” a dedicated space covering 10,000 square meters to process equipment and luggage of the athletic delegations leaving the airport following the closing ceremony. “The biggest challenge is the oversized luggage,” said Sébastien Malaussene, the airport’s project manager. “Athletes travel with all their sports equipment and they are not your average passenger bringing up to four, five bags. They have sports items, many of which are oversized.”