Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Airports to get security upgrade

Mumbai: A great step forward is expected to be taken when security equipment worth Rs 160 crore is installed at the two international airports in the coming months.
According to civil aviation ministry sources, the equipment will be installed in Mumbai and Delhi in a phased manner.
Currently, the Mumbai airport has no Explosive Trace Detectors (ETD), though some airlines like Jet Airways have them. ETDs are sensitive to vapours emitted by contrabrand substances and can detect such materials even if they are present in small quantities.
Other security systems to be added are metal detectors and an in-line baggage screening system, which will require less labour than current ones.
"In addition, the ministry is also looking at installing biometric access control systems at the Mumbai and Delhi airports, though a decision on this is yet to be taken," added the source.
29/08/06 Manju V/Times of India
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