Restricted items are not allowed! Smart security screening system based on Artificial Intelligence ‘Incheon Airport AI based X-Ray Automatic Inspection system’

More than 180,000 people a day on average use Incheon Airport!

To make it a convenient and safe trip for passengers, Incheon Airport always put ‘safety’ first.

Security Check

Especially, Security Check is strictly focused on safety. Before the passengers board the plane, they proceed baggage checks and body searches accurately and meticulously. It is essential to protect the precious lives of passengers by detecting and eliminating risk factors as quickly as possible that could interfere with the stable operation of aircraft.

Screeners carefully check all the luggage which passengers carry on the aircraft with X-Ray to filter out prohibited items or any other items that threaten air traffic. However, if you spend a lot of time reading the items on the screen, you will get more and more tired.

That is why, on November 2019, Incheon Airport integrated a technology that can detect dangerous items quickly and accurately on X-Ray. What’s more surprising is that Incheon Airport is the first airport in the world to do so! Incheon Airport introduce to you, AI based X-Ray Automatic Inspection system

Incheon Airport is the first airport in the world who introduces ‘AI based X-Ray Automatic Inspection system'!

On November 2019, the ‘AI based X-Ray Automatic Inspection system ‘ started its test operation at the security checkpoint of Incheon Airport Terminal 2.

A machine that behaves intelligently like a human being. This allows the computer to self-solve tasks that used to being completely dependent on people

First, passengers’ luggage is screened through X-Ray and then Artificial Intelligence (AI) automatically determines whether they are dangerous or not. It is a little different from the usual way that sorts dangerous items by looking at the X-Ray with human eyes, right?

passengers' luggage is screened through X-Ray and then Artificial Intelligence (AI) automatically determines whether they are dangerous or not.

At current stage, the system can automatically check if some dangerous items, such as knives or guns, are hidden in passengers’ luggage. Moreover, if it’s difficult to read things correctly, the system alerts screeners, and it helps them decide whether to take their luggage out and inspect it themselves.

How can ‘AI based X-Ray Automatic Inspection system' check dangerous items?

machine learning

The principle of the technology for reading dangerous items is ‘Deep Learning’. Deep Learning, in short, is the process of AI learning by itself based on its own experience.

By continuously accumulating data on all dangerous items, AI improves the accuracy of the readings. In addition, if there is a case of actual detection of dangerous items during the course of learning, AI applies it to read immediately on a similar case in the future.

What will the AI based X-Ray Automatic Inspection system look like at Incheon Airport in the future?

AI-based X-Ray automated reading systems will be upgraded stage by stage to read out all dangerous items with increased accuracy!

So in the future, when this technology is able to read all dangerous items quickly and accurately, Incheon Airport’s security search capability is expected to be the top of the world. In addition, the working environment of screeners can improve, too!

The development and performance of AI based X-Ray Automatic Inspection system! Please keep eyes on it. Through artificial intelligence technology, Incheon Airport will continue to make efforts to make it a safe and convenient trip for passengers.

“Time-killing? Time-filling!” Free Incheon Airport Transfer Tours enjoyed theme-by-theme

Let’s assume that you have just landed at the transfer airport on a long journey, and you have five hours before your next flight leaves. It’s an ambiguous time. There will be different ways to spend your time. You can kill time blankly, or you can fill it with a unique experience. In this posting, I would like to tell you about the latter method.

It’s an era of choice, even for transfer airports. Each airport has a very different experience. That’s what makes transferring at Incheon Airport special. From various amenities such as free shower and lounge facilities to colorful tour programs, you can see Incheon Airport’s efforts to design the best transfer experience for passengers. In recognition of its continued efforts to facilitate passengers, Incheon Airport also won the grand prize in transfer service at the ‘2019 National Service Awards’ hosted by the Korea Institute for Industrial Policy Studies last year. This is the part where you can feel the power of Incheon Airport, which is developing into Asia’s hub airport.

Among them, the transfer tour mainly in Seoul and Incheon is receiving constant love from  passengers. What’s important is that this tour program is ‘free’! Since more and more people are choosing Incheon Airport to experience the attractive transfer tour, it must be very interesting, right?

Incheon Airport operates a variety of themed tour programs! This posting would like to select and recommend good places to go with each theme. For more information on the tour, please refer to the Incheon Airport website!

Now, let’s go on a special transfer tour that you can only experience at Incheon Airport!

1) The ‘Temple Tours’ Calming Your Heart

Do you sometimes need to organize your thoughts? Then, we recommend a temple tour that calms you down with the mountain’s spirit and reverent atmosphere surrounding the temple.

▷Course: Airport → Temple → Airport

▷Operation Hours:

-Terminal 1 08:00~09:00 / 09:00~10:00 / 14:00~15:00

-Terminal 2 07:00~08:00 / 08:00~09:00 / 13:00~1400 / 14:00~15:00

Built about 1,300 years ago, Yong-Gung Temple was a temporary residence of Heungseon Daewongun(King’s father) (1820-1898). During the reign of King Munmu of the Silla Dynasty, Wonhyo named it Baekunsa, but later Heungseon Daewongun changed its name to its current name in 1854. A signboard reportedly written by Heungseon Daewongun at the time is still hanging inside the temple. Yong-Gung Temple was designated as Incheon City’s tangible cultural asset No. 15 in 1990, and two 1,300-year-old zelkova trees in front of the temple are also a must-see attraction at Yong-Gung Temple!

2) From Casino to Art Gallery! Exciting ‘Entertainment Tours’

The excitement of traveling must continue! An entertainment tour is perfect for you, who can’t tolerate even a moment of boredom.

▷Course: Incheon Airport → Paradise City Arttainment → Incheon Airport

▷Operation Hours: Terminal 1,2 07:00~09:00

It is the first complex resort built in Northeast Asia, offering convenient accommodations, casinos, art galleries, and clubs throughout the year. Paradise City’s Art Gallery features more than 2,700 works by renowned Korean and foreign artists, including world-famous Yayoi Kusama and Damien Hirst.

3) ‘Adventure Tours’ to a Strange World in a Cave

If you want to have a rare experience, why don’t you go to the cave? It’s not an ordinary cave. It’s a hot place where you can’t help but take out your camera at the sight of colored lights!

▷Course: Incheon Airport → Gwangmyeong Cave → Incheon Airport

▷Operation Hours: Terminal 1,2 09:00~13:00

▷The Gwangmyeong Cave will be closed every Monday and is replaced with the Incheon City Tour Course (Wolmido Park-Shinpo Market)

Gwangmyeong Cave, Korea’s best cave theme park, was developed for the purpose of resource exploitation during the Japanese colonial era in 1912, and has been used as a storehouse for salted shrimp for 40 years after it became a dead mine in 1972. It was miraculously transformed into a historical and cultural tourist attraction by Gwangmyeong City in 2011, since then, more than 1.4 million tourists are visiting it every year.

4) 'K-Culture Tours' to experience the living culture of Koreans

We also have a live tour where you can enjoy the fun of Koreans who are known to entertain well. If you want to be inspired by living cultural energy, choose the ‘K-Culture Tours’.

▷Course: Incheon Airport → World Cup Stadium → Streets of Hongik University → Incheon Airport

▷Operation Hours: Terminal 1,2 14:00~18:00

World Cup Stadium

Sangam World Cup Stadium is a 66,000-seat soccer stadium that reminds us of the excitement of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. During the tour, participants can look through the locker rooms and labs that FC Seoul players actually use.

Streets of Hongik University

Famous for its urban arts and indie music culture, clubs and entertainment, Streets of Hongik University are gaining fame as a major attraction for indie musicians, dancers and performers. There are many independent clothing stores and vintage shops, so there are plenty of things to see.

5) Full of Spirits of Ancient Korea, ‘Traditional Culture Tours’

You need to know tradition to feel the identity of a country deeply. If you are interested in the beauty of traditional Korean architecture and antiques, don’t miss the ‘Traditional Culture Tours’!

▷Course: Incheon Airport → Gyeongbok Palace → Insadong → Incheon Airport

▷Operation Hours: Terminal 1,2 8:00~13:00 / 10:00~15:00

▷The Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed every Tuesday, so the course is replaced with the Changdeokgung Palace

Gyeongbok Palace

It was the first royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty and was completed in 1395, about 25 years earlier than the Forbidden City of China. After being burned down during the Japanese Invasion of Korea, it remained ruined for a long time, but was restored in 1867 during King Gojong’s reign in the late Joseon Dynasty and was used as a palace. It’s a famous place where you can feel the atmosphere of a quiet palace.


It is a place where old but precious traditional objects are exchanged in the city center, and there are maze-like intersections between the streets. The maze is packed with galleries, traditional crafts stores, ancient art shops, traditional tea houses, traditional restaurants, and cafes.

6) ‘Shopping Tours’ to get items

Traveling is spending! From food that shows Korean culture to the latest fashion that is leading Korea, if you know how to enjoy the happiness of shopping, the shopping tour is a great choice.

▷Course: Incheon Airport → Myeongdong → Namdaemun Market → Incheon Airport

▷Operation Hours: Terminal 1,2 13:00~18:00


Myeongdong is Korea’s most famous shopping area and the biggest shopping district where travelers from all over the world can enjoy the latest fashion and a variety of foods of Korea. It is a popular tourist attraction throughout the four seasons, and it is also the region with the largest floating population among the downtown areas in Korea.

Namdaemun Market

It is an open market that is visited by 400,000 foreign tourists a day, and offers 1,700 kinds of goods and various kinds of food.

[ICN Snap] Information You must keep in mind for the Transfer Tour

-All tours are in English.

-Tour programs are subject to change without notice due to unavoidable circumstances.

-Tour registration is first come, first served.

-Transfer passengers’ passport, departure or arrival boarding pass or electronic ticket are required to register for the tour.

▶Transfer Tour Reservation

※ All transfer tour passengers, including online reservation passengers, must arrive at the registration desk on Terminal 1 with the registration documents 30 minutes prior to the tour.

Terminal 1(1F General Area Near Exit 8)               Terminal 2(1F General Area Near Exit 3)


Those were Incheon Airport’s attractive transfer tour programs that will help you create special memories on the long journey. Incheon Airport provides convenient transfer, but also enjoyable stay! The transfer waiting could be short or long, so the pleasure of enjoying it depends on how you spend it. Hope you have a more fun and rewarding transfer trip at Incheon Airport!

‘Fly + Guard’ responsible for safety in sky – Incheon Airport Air Navigational Aids

“7.3 people and 0.07 people”

What does this figure mean?

Statistics show that unlike car accidents, which kill 7.3 people per 1.6 billion kilometers, the number of deaths from airplane accidents is only 0.07. Isn’t that amazing? Based on these figures, airplanes are the safest means of transport.

However, an aircraft accident has a spine-chilling twist. Due to the aircraft’s characteristics, it is often a major accident in which all pilots and passengers die in the event of an accident. Even though the accident rate is low, the damage caused by one accident is enormous.

One of the biggest casualties caused by aircraft accident is the Tenerife crash. On March 27, 1977, at Los Rodeos Airport on the Spanish Canary Islands, two aircraft collided on the runway due to poor cooperation between flight crewmembers and controllers. The accident killed all 248 K-Air passengers, and killed 335 out of 396 P-air passengers, the worst major accident on the airline, killing total 583 of the 637 passengers on board.

Did you happen to know? There is an ‘Evil 11 Minutes’ in the airline industry.

It’s three minutes for takeoff, eight minutes for landing, and about 70 percent of all aircraft accidents happen here, so that’s the most nervous part requiring extreme caution. During that time, even if the pilot recognizes a dangerous situation, the chance of having accident is very high due to the difficulty of immediate response.


Air safety is a very important issue, as it is a matter of life and death. Therefore, the role of an airport to support safe take-off and landing of aircraft is essential. We can’t leave out Incheon Airport when discussing reliable supporters of the air traffic. Incheon Airport has established a record for nonstop and accident-free operations for 17 years in a row, building strong trust as truly the most secure airport in the world.


Incheon Airport’s Unrivaled Safety Know-how! Are you curious about the secret? The secret is in the Air Navigational Aids!

What is the Air Navigational Aids?

Air Navigational Aids refer to those that transmit essential information to the aircraft, such as the location of the aircraft when approaching runway, and landing angle, to help it take off and land safely. It’s kind of a lighthouse for an aircraft.

There are about 2,400 Air Navigational Aids operating across the country. Incheon Airport operates more than 1,000 Air Navigational Aids of 44 types, including Airport Surveillance Radar, Aeronautical Information & Telecommunication Facilities, Instrument Landing System, and Aeronautical Ground Light Facilities.

To take care of the safe skyway from take-off to landing, systematic Air Navigational Aids and Air Navigational Aid Specialists are keeping a tight watch on the runway at Incheon Airport!

Then, let’s take a look at how well aircrafts are being supported. The precise and detailed protection process will hugely surprise you.

Don't worry and come in.
Explore the process of protecting the aircraft!

1) Checking the movements of the aircraft with radar

No airplane can sneak into Incheon Airport. It shows right on the radar.

The Airport Surveillance Radar provides air traffic control services for incoming and outgoing aircraft.

The primary surveillance radar detects the aircraft’s location by processing the radio signals reflected from the aircraft, and the secondary surveillance radar detects location, altitude, and ID by mutual communications with the aircraft..

The detected track data and flight data provided by airlines are combined in Seoul approach control system and provide air traffic control information to Seoul approach, Incheon, and Kimpo control towers, and support the safe operation by controlling air traffic flow.

2) Communication Support between Air Traffic Control Agency and Aircraft

For successful take-off and landing process of the aircraft, the controls and the pilots must work in harmony. Aeronautical Information & Telecommunication Facilities are the ones that facilitate their communication.

Aeronautical Information & Telecommunication Facilities provide reliable voice and text communication between aircraft control facility..

The voices of pilots received from receiver stations are sent to the controller via the communication control station, and the voices of controllers are transmitted to the pilot via the communication control station and transmitter stations.

Besides, the efficiency of control is increased by operating the Automatic Terminal Information Facility that repeatedly transmits runway information and Pre-Departure Clearance Facility providing services that request and confirm the takeoff of aircraft in text.

3) Guiding safe landing of the aircraft

How does an aircraft trying to land at an airport find a runway, and land at the exact spot? It’s because of these facilities that support the safe landing.

Omnidirectional Range Facilities

Provide aircraft with the direction and distance information from the airport.

Instrument Landing System

ILS consists of markers, glide path, and localizers in order to provide 3D information.


Provides the correct distance and decision height.

Glide Path

Provides three degrees of landing angle information.


Provides the runway centerline information.

4) Safe ground control support from landing to takeoff

The foggy weather for a pilot trying to land is never easy.


Nevertheless, this ground control system is what makes it possible to land safely. The ground control system is a key facility for night and low visibility operations, and is responsible for the safety of everyone aboard the aircraft.


Meanwhile, the airport is busy 24 hours a day. There’s a lot of aircraft waiting to take off and land, and also a lot of vehicles are moving around. That’s why safe control services to ensure smooth traffic management at the airport is needed.

Surface movement radar detects aircraft by transmitting radio waves and receiving reflected radio waves.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

The Multilateration System displays CWPS by obtaining information such as flight position, identification, altitude, and velocity from aircraft.


They are provided to Air Traffic Controller who manage air traffic control to create safer airport management flow.

5) Aeronautical Light Aids in the Darkness

The reason why aircraft can move accurately even in the dark of night is because of the Aeronautical Light facilities. Aeronautical Light facilities guide the aircraft’s land moments at night and during low visibility situations through light and colors.

Along with Ground Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS), various and effective systems such as the Visual Docking Guidance System (VDGS) allow for the safe attaching the aircraft gate and help the aircraft move safely on the ground.

Based on the next-generation air service plan established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Air Navigational Aids at Incheon Airport will continue to create a more secure and efficient service system.

If someone who protects celebrities is a bodyguard, Don’t you think Incheon Airport should be named as “Fly + Guard”, responsible for sky safety?


Always considering value of safety as the top priority, Incheon Airport will do its best!