North America Security Screening Market - Growth, Trends, Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

North America Security Screening Market is Segmented By Application (People, Product), End-User (Airport, Ports and Borders, Defense, Critical Infrastructure), and Country.

Market Snapshot

North America Security Screening Market Size
Study Period: 2020-2025
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 5.06 %
North America Security Screening Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The North American security screening market is expected to register a CAGR of 5.06% over the forecast period 2020-2025. The identifiable situations in which a threat has been responded to tends to create a complicated experience for passengers. Regarding security processes, the need for aviation to be more secure prevails. Additionally, this transformed air transport in recent decades, driving the security screening market.

  • According to the World Drug Report by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) and UNODC, illegal fentanyl and heroin exports from Mexico to the United States are on the rise. In 2018, USD 180,000 worth of narcotics were seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. Owing to the alarmingly increasing attempts to smuggle banned drugs, the adoption of narcotics scanner is likely to increase in such places. 
  • However, the equipment and procedures used at airport security checkpoints lagged behind the evolving threats, according to a study performed by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO). The result of the upgrade lapses included bomb-detection equipment which failed to meet current detection requirements.
  • Additionally, as development in the whole airport security system or upgrading of such systems takes time to implement, the cost of the upgrade is also a crucial factor. For instance, the project to rebuild Salt Lake City International Airport in May 2019, recorded a significant problem with the Transportation Security Administration, as the agency could not afford the new X-ray screening machines for screening luggage at new security checkpoints.
  • The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States implemented health screening for arrivals at airports in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles on January 17, 2020, to detect ill travelers traveling to the United States on either direct or connecting flights from Wuhan, China. This step was taken as a preventive measure in line with the recent outbreak of COVID-19. Travelers on flights from around 26 countries in Europe are also channeled through one of 13 US airports, for enhanced health screening.
  • Recently, the Canada Border Services Agency launched a new automated traveler screening program based on facial recognition. The federal government of the country is restricting international flights to certain airports and boosting efforts to screen passengers for COVID-19.

Scope of the report

Security screening allows individuals to access classified information or restricted areas, by thorough frisking and background check. 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 market also underlines the inclusion of hardware/equipment, integrated software, and allied services. The vendors considered for the study include pure-play vendors who overlook the manufacturing and delivery of security-based screening offerings while excluding the third-party vendors. The wide use of security screening can be seen in airports, ports and borders, defense, and critical infrastructure, to name a few. The report additionally, provides a geographical analysis of the same. The current demand is expected to take a hit owing to the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in the lockdown of the impacted nation. The impact of COVID-19 on the market has been considered in the scope of the study while arriving at estimation in the context of study.

Mail and Parcel
Cargo and Vehicle Inspection
Trace Detection
Other Applications
End User
Ports and Borders
Critical Infrastructure
Other End Users
United States

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Key Market Trends

Airports are expected to Hold SIgnificant Share

  • The growing air transport freight in North America, especially in the United States, is increasing concerns toward the goods being transported. The stringent regulations against terrorism are increasing the need for high-end security systems that detect hazardous weapons in the freight, thereby, reflecting the growth of the security screening market.
  • Around 172 airports across the United States have full-body X-ray scanners at airport security. Some of these airports are A.B. Won Pat International Airport, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. 
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has demonstrated computed tomography scanners at an airport security checkpoint. The computed tomography unit is the latest checkpoint X-ray scanning technology to enhance threat detection capabilities for carry-on baggage.
  • The Transportation Security Administration, along with American Airlines, launched a new type of 3D X-ray scanner, which can offer the screening staff better and more comprehensive images of carry-on bags. The new technology uses computed tomography to produce 3D images of each scanned bag. 
  • Drug trafficking is one of the major issues in the country. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, drug seizures along the maritime borders have seen a considerable rise in illicit trade. In 2018, the United States Coast Guard confiscated packages of illegal narcotics from 15 vessels in international waters off the coasts of Central and South America. 
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Canada is Expected to Witness Significant Growth

  • Canada is expected to witness significant growth in demand for security screening equipment. The country is adopting various security measures to screen passengers. Travelers passing through Canadian airports are asked about any previous visits to the Hubei province in China, Italy, or Iran, due to the increasing security concerns over the ongoing pandemic.
  • Many Canadians returning from international travel were not being properly screened at the airports while being advised to self-isolate for 14 days, which seemed to be extremely concerning due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Canadian government has announced a policy for the increasing need for security screening at airports. However, it is important for the government to ensure that this policy is being enforced and that frontline staff has the necessary resources and support.
  • Canadian airlines screen passengers before they board flights bound for the country. Air Canada's union, which is the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), announced additional pre-flight screening by making flight attendants responsible for the screening. Furthermore, the union announced that airports or airlines should have specially trained personnel assigned.
  • Calgary International Airport, an international airport in Canada, recently added a new security checkpoint as a long-term solution to reduce heavy crowding during peak times. The airport is facing challenges with security screening. 
  • New screening lanes were added near the airport’s B Pier to reduce the wait time for domestic departures. The new lanes were open, representing a 30% increase in screening capacity. PBS-B is an interim solution while the airport and Canadian Air Transport Security Agency (CATSA) look at long-term solutions for consolidating domestic screening into one location in the future.
  • The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the government’s security screening program, helps investigate and provide security assessments with lawful access to classified information or sensitive sites, such as major ports, nuclear facilities airports, or the Parliamentary Precinct.

North America Security Screening Market Analysis

Competitive Landscape

Market incumbents and large players have a strong influence on the market, in terms of R&D and consolidation activities. Moreover, there is a considerable threat to large players from the new entrants with high product differentiation. Developments dependent on technologies like AI, facial recognition, and machine learning are fulfilled by newer entrants.

April 2020 - OSI Systems Inc. announced that its Security division was awarded an order from its partnering organization. The order valued at approximately USD 14 million to provide comprehensive service and maintenance support for Rapiscan baggage and parcel inspection (BPI) systems.

March 2020 - 3DX-Ray took part at the Security and Policing Home Office event in Farnborough, where the company showcased its portable ThreatScan-LS1 and LS3 battery powered x-ray scanning systems and its newest developments.

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 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

      5. 4.2.5 Threat of Substitute Products

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Upsurge in Terror Activities across the World

      2. 4.3.2 Automation of Screening Processes

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Slow Rate of Penetration of Advanced Systems in Developing Regions


    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 People

      2. 5.1.2 Product

        1. Mail and Parcel

        2. Baggage

        3. Cargo and Vehicle Inspection

        4. Trace Detection

        5. Other Applications

    2. 5.2 End User

      1. 5.2.1 Airport

      2. 5.2.2 Ports and Borders

      3. 5.2.3 Defense

      4. 5.2.4 Critical Infrastructure

      5. 5.2.5 Other End Users

    3. 5.3 Country

      1. 5.3.1 United States

      2. 5.3.2 Canada


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Smiths Detection Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 L-3 Security and Detection Systems Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 OSI Systems Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 3DX-Ray Ltd (Image Scan Holdings PLC)

      5. 6.1.5 Teledyne ICM SA

      6. 6.1.6 Analogic Corporation

      7. 6.1.7 Nuctech Company Limited

      8. 6.1.8 Astrophysics Inc.

      9. 6.1.9 CEIA SpA

      10. 6.1.10 Gilardoni SpA

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The North America Security Screening Market market is studied from 2020 - 2025.

The North America Security Screening Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.06% over the next 5 years.

Smiths Detection Inc., L-3 Security and Detection Systems Inc., OSI Systems Inc., 3DX-Ray Ltd (Image Scan Holdings PLC), Teledyne ICM SA are the major companies operating in North America Security Screening Market.

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