Security Screening Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Security Screening Systems Market is segmented by Detection Technology (X-ray, CT-based, Neutron Sensing and Detection), Application (Mail and Parcel, Baggage Scanning, Cargo and Vehicle Inspection, and Explosives and Narcotics), End User (Airports, Ports and Borders, Defense, Critical Infrastructure, Commercial and Law Enforcement), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Rest of the World). The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD) for all the segments.

Security Screening Market Size

Security Screening Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 7.61 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 10.45 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 6.57 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market Asia-Pacific

Major Players

Security Screening Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Security Screening Market Analysis

The Security Screening Market size is estimated at USD 7.61 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 10.45 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 6.57% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

  • As the threat of terror attacks on public and critical infrastructure continues to rise, security screening has become increasingly important in various sectors, such as airports, border checkpoints, and government organizations. To address this, many countries have increased their spending on new security equipment, which has driven the demand for advanced security screening systems. Automated security scanning solutions such as CT and vehicular scanners are being adopted by governments worldwide to detect narcotics, drugs, explosives, and other banned substances.
  • The growth in the number of passengers and international trade has also positively impacted the amount of cargo carried by the airline industry each year. Although the pandemic has had a restraining impact on this growth, global cargo traffic is expected to increase significantly during the forecast period. However, the higher cost of advanced security solutions and the need for a skilled workforce to operate and maintain these systems present challenges to the market's growth. Health concerns related to security scanners are also a major challenge that must be addressed.
  • Despite these challenges, the aviation industry is expected to witness an upward growth trend post-pandemic. Air freight traffic is expected to grow, and the construction of new airports is expected to gain traction in the post-COVID-19 period. The pandemic is expected to play a crucial role in the design of new airports and commercial places, prioritizing touchless technology, adaptability, and public health protection, among other changes, creating a supportive growth outlook for the market.

Security Screening Market Trends

Airports to Hold Major Market Share

  • Airport security refers to the various policies and practices employed to safeguard passengers, airport personnel, aircraft, and airport property from criminal activity, terrorism, and other threats. This includes the use of screening devices at multiple levels by airport authorities, as well as air cargo screening. Passing through airport security screening is typically necessary to gain access to areas with aircraft exit gates. These areas are often described as airside, secure, and sterile.
  • Airports typically have numerous screening checkpoints located throughout their buildings to screen cargo and baggage and prevent unauthorized items from entering. These checkpoints typically involve screening for cabin baggage, hold baggage, cargo, and non-passengers.
  • In the coming years, there is expected to be a significant increase in demand for self-screening technologies by airport authorities. Automated scanners are expected to be used, enabling travelers to scan their personal belongings and have them X-rayed.
  • To combat ongoing terrorist threats, it is anticipated that numerous security systems will be installed throughout the world, and airport security will continue to be strictly enforced. The expansion of airport and entertainment infrastructure across numerous regions is also fueling the demand for security screening systems.
  • The global aviation industry is experiencing a significant increase in passenger traffic and commercial air traffic, leading airports to adopt innovative security screening solutions. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the revenue of commercial airlines globally was approximately USD 782.00 billion in 2022.
Security Screening Market: Revenue of Commercial Airlines, in USD billion, Worldwide, 2016 - 2022

Asia-Pacific to Witness Major Growth

  • The narcotics trade remains a significant concern in the region, and China plays a crucial role as a major contributor. The country has witnessed an increasing trend of drug trafficking, mainly from overseas, which poses a potential threat to public health. However, China's position as a central player in 5G deployment and development is expected to drive the demand for security screening as critical infrastructure expands during the forecast period.
  • In India, rapid urbanization, population growth, and industrialization have led to the implementation of enhanced safety and security measures in critical national infrastructure sectors, such as government research facilities, communication networks, defense establishments, emergency, and disaster management systems, ports, critical manufacturing facilities, healthcare facilities, oil refineries, power plants, and mass transportation systems.
  • Japan aims to establish itself as a global tourist destination and is expected to host several major international events, leading to a surge in passenger traffic. Although Japan is known for its safety, the government has issued new safety and security solutions to ensure security and prevent terrorist attacks. Various international authorities, including IATA, ICAO, and ACI, have also set security standards, leading to increased adoption of screening systems at airports.
  • Korea Airport Corporation introduced the world's first artificial intelligence (AI) deep-learning-based automatic X-ray security checkpoint at the departure security checkpoint of the domestic terminal at Gimpo International Airport (GMP). The Korea Airports Corporation is collaborating with Deepnoid Inc., an AI-specialized enterprise in Korea, to perfect the AI X-ray Automatic Screening System.
  • Additionally, the Australian government and regulatory bodies have launched initiatives to promote better management and protection of critical infrastructure, boosting the region's security screening market's growth during the forecast period.
Security Screening Market - Growth Rate by Region

Security Screening Industry Overview

The Security Screening Market is highly fragmented, with increasing competition among market players due to the growing demand for safety and security in various domains, especially in aerospace. Key players in the market include Smiths Detection Inc., 3DX-RAY Inc., OSI Systems Inc., and Analogic Corporation.

In March 2023, Smiths Detection Inc. announced the launch of their lightweight chemical detector (LCD) 4 and LCD XID extension, which expands the detection capabilities of LCDs to include explosives, street narcotics, pharmaceuticals, and other super toxic chemical threats. This product can be used in any CBRNe (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive) scenario.

In February 2023, Gilardoni updated its product range for safety and launched ARGO, the latest generation of X-ray equipment for inspecting mail, packages, and luggage. ARGO conforms to the highest quality requirements in the sector, ensuring complete user safety and excellent dependability.

Security Screening Market Leaders

  1. Smiths Detection Inc.

  2. Leidos Holdings Inc.

  3. OSI System Inc.

  4. 3DX-Ray Ltd

  5. Teledyne ICM SA

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Security Screening Market Concentration
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Security Screening Market News

  • March 2023: OSI Systems, Inc.'s Security division announced that it had received an order worth approximately USD 20 million from ANA Aeroportos de Portugal for multiple units of its RTT 110 (Real Time Tomography) explosive detection system. The explosive detection system units will be installed at airports throughout Portugal to screen passengers' checked baggage. The company has also been contracted to provide ongoing maintenance, service, and support for these installations.
  • February 2023: Smiths Detection Inc. announced that it had been awarded a contract to supply New Zealand's Aviation Security Service (AvSec) with advanced checkpoint security technology for its five major international airports in Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin, Wellington, and Auckland. The company will provide 35 HI-SCAN 6040CTiX CT X-ray machines and an iLane.evo smart automatic tray return system, and the iCMORE Weapons algorithm.

Security Screening Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Degree of Competition

    3. 4.3 Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Upsurge in Terror Activities Across the World

      2. 5.1.2 Increasing Automation of Screening Processes

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Slow Rate of Penetration of Advanced Systems in Developing Regions


    1. 6.1 By Detection Technology

      1. 6.1.1 X-ray

      2. 6.1.2 CT-based

      3. 6.1.3 Neutron Sensing and Detection

      4. 6.1.4 Others Detection Technologies

    2. 6.2 By Application

      1. 6.2.1 Mail and Parcel

      2. 6.2.2 Baggage Scanning

      3. 6.2.3 Cargo and Vehicle Inspection

      4. 6.2.4 Explosives and Narcotics

    3. 6.3 By End User

      1. 6.3.1 Airports

      2. 6.3.2 Ports and Borders

      3. 6.3.3 Defense

      4. 6.3.4 Critical Infrastructure

      5. 6.3.5 Commercial

      6. 6.3.6 Law Enforcement and Transportation

    4. 6.4 By Geography

      1. 6.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 6.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 6.4.3 Asia Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. Rest of Asia Pacific

      4. 6.4.4 Rest of the World


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Smiths Detection Inc.

      2. 7.1.2 Leidos Holdings Inc.

      3. 7.1.3 OSI Systems Inc.

      4. 7.1.4 3DX-Ray Ltd

      5. 7.1.5 Teledyne ICM SA

      6. 7.1.6 Analogic Corporation

      7. 7.1.7 Nuctech Company Limited

      8. 7.1.8 Astrophysics Inc.

      9. 7.1.9 CEIA SpA

      10. 7.1.10 Gilardoni SpA

      11. 7.1.11 Muon Systems

      12. 7.1.12 Decision Sciences

      13. 7.1.13 Passport Systems Inc.

      14. 7.1.14 Lingacom Ltd

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Security Screening Industry Segmentation

Security screening refers to the procedure whereby baggage, mail and parcels, cargo, and vehicles, among others, are electronically screened at a transportation hub or a facility before it is allowed to proceed further. X-ray, CT-based, neutron sensing, and detection are some techniques through which security scanning is performed in the market.

The security screening market is segmented by detection technology (x-ray, ct-based, neutron sensing and detection), application (mail and parcel, baggage scanning, cargo and vehicle inspection, and explosives and narcotics), end user (airports, ports and borders, defense, critical infrastructure, commercial and law enforcement), and geography (North America (United States, Canada), Europe (United Kingdom, Germany, France, Rest of Europe), Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, Rest of Asia Pacific), Rest of the World). The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD) for all the segments.

By Detection Technology
Neutron Sensing and Detection
Others Detection Technologies
By Application
Mail and Parcel
Baggage Scanning
Cargo and Vehicle Inspection
Explosives and Narcotics
By End User
Ports and Borders
Critical Infrastructure
Law Enforcement and Transportation
By Geography
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Asia Pacific
Rest of Asia Pacific
Rest of the World
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Security Screening Market Research FAQs

The Security Screening Market size is expected to reach USD 7.61 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 6.57% to reach USD 10.45 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Security Screening Market size is expected to reach USD 7.61 billion.

Smiths Detection Inc., Leidos Holdings Inc. , OSI System Inc. , 3DX-Ray Ltd and Teledyne ICM SA are the major companies operating in the Security Screening Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the Asia-Pacific accounts for the largest market share in Security Screening Market.

In 2023, the Security Screening Market size was estimated at USD 7.14 billion. The report covers the Security Screening Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Security Screening Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Security Screening Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)