Global Security Screening Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Global Security Screening Market is segmented by Detection Technology (X-ray, CT-based, Neutron Sensing and Detection, and Other Detection Technologies), 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 Transportation), and Geography.


Market Snapshot

Security Screening Market Summary
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 4.76 %
Security Screening Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The Global Security Screening Market is expected to register a CAGR of 4.76% over the forecast period (2022–2027). With the rising terror attack threats at various public and critical infrastructures, security screening plays a very vital role, especially in places such as airports, border checkpoints, government organizations, and many others, to help reduce and mitigate associated risk factors. Security screening enables the assurance from a threat against using various technologies such as x-ray, CT-based, and others, which are getting very popular at security checkpoints for expediting the process.

  • Many countries increased spending on new security equipment and upped their security measures across their various end-user sectors, further aided by increasing global demand for homeland security worldwide, which is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period.
  • According to the US Department of Homeland Security, in 2021, US Customs and Border Protection had the highest budget allocation of USD 18.20 billion. Further, in March 2019, the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in partnership with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), launched the Opioid Detection Challenge, a USD 1.55 million global prize competition that calls upon innovators to submit novel plans for rapid, non-intrusive detection tools that would help find illicit opioids being trafficked into the United States through international parcels and mail.
  • The aviation industry is expected to hold the major market share and is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period due to a robust rise in several airports and consequent air passenger traffic. The threat of terrorism and security standards set by various International Authorities, including IATA, ICAO, and ACI, are among the most influential drivers sustaining the market studied.
  • However, the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the market in the short term, owing to the dependence of airports on security screening. The result of quarantine globally led to a decrease in overall air travel and posed a significant threat to demand for additional screening options.

Scope of the Report

Security screening allows individuals to access classified information or restricted areas by thorough frisking and background checks. Metal detectors and X-ray scans are some of the techniques through which security scanning is being performed in the market. Strict security regulations across the aviation security market, rising terrorist activities, and an increase in drug, weapon, and human trafficking are driving the sophistication of security screening. The wide use of security screening can be seen in airports, ports and borders, defense, and critical infrastructure. Also, the report provides a geographical analysis of the same.

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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Key Market Trends

Applications at Airports to Grow Significantly

  • The global aviation industry is observing a significant influx of passengers, and commercial air traffic is on the rise, owing to which airports are increasingly adopting innovative security screening solutions. According to IATA, the revenue of commercial airlines globally stood at USD 384 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach USD 658 billion by 2022. In 2021, global RPKs were expected to improve by 18%, reaching 40% of pre-crisis levels. According to the IATA 2021 research, global RPKs are expected to improve by 51% in 2022, reaching 61% of pre-crisis levels.
  • Most airports have numerous screening checkpoints situated in different areas of their facilities to screen people, cargo, and related baggage to prevent the entry of unauthorized items. Passenger, cabin baggage, hold baggage, cargo, and non-passenger screening are typical checkpoints.
  • Self-screening technologies are expected to gain a significant demand from airport authorities over the coming years. The automated scanners are expected to be used in this area, allowing passengers to run their personal items through an X-ray machine as they simultaneously pass through a separate body scanner.
  • Vendors are increasingly developing solutions in line with automating the screening process at airports, which is expected to increase the share of investments over the coming years significantly. For example, London Southend Airport is trialing a new cabin baggage screening system to enhance the passenger journey. HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX by Smiths Detection is a cutting-edge computed tomography (CT) cabin baggage screening equipment that is being trialed alongside an automated tray handling system, the iLane.evo, to further reduce contact points along the terminal journey.
Daily number of passengers screened at TSA checkpoints in the United States from January 2019 - January 2022

Asia-Pacific to Witness the Highest Growth

  • China is a significant hub for air travel globally, with almost 241 civil airports in 2020. According to data from the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China), China aims for 400 private airports by the end of 2035. The association, representing 701 members, operates 1,933 airports in 183 countries, emphasizing the progress of local governments. It will subsidize the expansion of existing airports and build new airports in places, such as Nanton in Jiangsu Province and Dalian in Liaoning Province.
  • In India, rapid urbanization, population growth, expansion of industries, infrastructure, and mass transportation systems are driving the expectations for enhanced safety and security measures. The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), in its 'Vision 2040 for the Civil Aviation Industry in India' report, stated that new airports are likely to be developed in India under the 'NextGen Airports for Bharat (NABH) Nirman' scheme for the next 20 years. This involves the deployment of specific critical infrastructures throughout the forecast period. Elaborating on the expansion of airports in the country, in February 2021, the Ministry announced that it will be adding and renovating 100 new airports by 2024, and the figures indicate a mammoth opportunity in the Indian civil aviation sector.
  • Japan is moving toward establishing itself as a global tourist destination, as well as hosting a significant number of major international events, owing to which an increasing number of passengers are anticipated annually. Japan is known as one of the safest countries in the world, but there is also a growing demand for measures to ensure security and prevent terrorist attacks and increasing standards for safety, with various government bodies issuing new safety and security solutions.
  • Furthermore, the increasing initiatives by the Australian government and the related regulatory bodies to promote the better management and protection of the critical infrastructure are expected to boost the security screening market's growth in the region during the forecast period.
  • For instance, Sydney Airport tested a computed tomography (CT)-based automatic explosives detection system (EDS) by Smiths Detection for luggage.
Global Security Screening Market - Growth Rate by Region (2022 - 2027)

Competitive Landscape

The Global Security Screening Market is moderately competitive and has gained a competitive edge in the past two decades. The companies in the market are pursuing new technologies such as the development of web-based applications that support higher operational availability of equipment and a reduction in equipment size to promote flexibility and mobility. Some of the key players operating in the market include Smiths Detection Inc., 3DX-RAY Inc., OSI Systems Inc., and Analogic Corporation.

  • July 2021 - CEIA SpA partnered with Heathrow Airport to improve security screening checkpoints by providing SAMDEX (the UK‐DfT approved shoe metal and explosive detector) and the 02PN20 walkthrough metal detector. These detectors enable the airport to conduct faster and easier multi-threat detection security screening on passenger shoes.
  • May 2021 - The Stationary CT Security Inspection Research Project, initiated jointly by Tsinghua University and NUTECH, passed an Assessment on Scientific and Technological Achievements, recognized by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Recent Developments

  • July 2022 - Smiths Detection, a provider of threat detection and security screening technologies, has been announced as a sponsor and supplier of X-ray screening and detection equipment for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, thereby helping to create a secure environment for all attendees.
  • March 2022 - Patriot One Technologies announced that Kia Georgia, Inc. had implemented the company’s Multi-Sensor Gateway screening technology, designed to detect guns, knives, and other prohibited items on people at large workplaces.
  • November 2021 - Smiths Detection collaborated with Microsoft and Heathrow to develop the first multi-species AI of this species, a model designed to discover illegally trafficked wildlife hidden in baggage and air cargo. Initial testing of the algorithm at Heathrow Airport has shown a success rate of over 70% in identifying trafficked animals, including ivory. As part of Project SEEKER, the company trained Microsoft AI using an extensive library of X-ray images taken from Smiths Detection's CTX9800 baggage scanner at Heathrow Airport. The machine can sort up to 250,000 bags a day and generate many data for inspection.
  • October 2021 - NUCTECH Company Limited provided more than 100 sets of security screening equipment, including equipment for screening parcels, vehicles, and cargo, for the Dubai Expo 2020. The equipment includes CT-type parcel inspection systems and a rapid cargo inspection system that is easy to deploy and relocate.

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 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    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 L3Harris Technologies 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 Descision Sciences

      13. 7.1.13 Passport Systems Inc.

      14. 7.1.14 Lingacom Ltd

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Security Screening Market market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The Global Security Screening Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.76% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Smiths Detection Inc., OSI Systems Inc., 3DX-RAY Ltd, Analogic Corporation, L3 Harris Technologies Inc. are the major companies operating in Global Security Screening Market.

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