France introduces new luggage handling system for 2024 Olympics

France introduces new luggage handling system for 2024 Olympics

A photo of luggage handling system controlled by a BEUMER standard software suite called BGFusion [Photo: Courtesy]

Officials at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport introduced a new security luggage system and a specialised baggage handling area ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games on Tuesday.

In a statement seen by The City Review on Wednesday, Edward Arkwright, Chief Executive Officer of Aeroports de Paris Group, stated that they did so because an athlete would either leave without taking his luggage or leave the luggage with something inside.

“If we have doubts about a piece of luggage, the luggage won’t leave. We prefer an athlete to leave without their luggage rather than leaving (with something) questionable,” Arkwright stated.

He added, “The biggest challenge is the oversized luggage. Athletes travel with all their sports equipment and they are not your average passenger bringing up to four, or five bags. They have sports items, many of which are oversized.”

He noted that Charles de Gaulle Airport as the first gateway to the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics expects to process over 114,000 baggage from delegations and the media and will receive an estimated 47,000 pieces of sports equipment.

According to the statement, the new equipment includes a revamped scanner system to allow a more detailed scan of passengers’ baggage, so that travellers won’t have to remove items such as electronic devices, aerosols or liquids from their bags.

“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,” it stated.