AAV In Conversation with Desmond Lian of Smiths Detection

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Asian Aviation Editor Matt Driskill is In Conversation with Desmond Lian, head of aviation for Asia-Pacific at Smiths Detection, one of the world’s largest security screening equipment makers on changes coming to the aviation industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Desmond Lian, head of aviation Asia-Pacific for Smiths Detection. (PHOTO: Smiths Detection)

Lian has spearheaded passenger checkpoint security screening solutions for numerous airports across the Asia-Pacific, including Narita, Kansai, and Darwin Airport. He designed and implemented APAC’s first integrated computed tomography (CT) screening systems in Jeju Airport, helping them operate at the industry’s highest cabin baggage screening standard set by European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC).

Lian has also provided consultation and helped airports implement remote screening across the region, a measure allowing for fewer points of human contact, and making the travel process safer for passengers and security operators in the current climate of travel. (Editor’s Note: At about 09:06 in the video, Lian refers to Heathrow Airport and a trial of the company’s UV light kit when he meant to say Gatwick.)


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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.

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