Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Faulty machines slow down security checks at Ahmedabad airport

AHMEDABAD: If you are planning to fly by an early morning flight from Ahmedabad airport then do reach airport much before scheduled time or else you might miss flight. In last few weeks, it has become an ordeal for passengers to board flights during peak hours at the airport. Lack of manned x-ray machines or scanners turns the usual security check routine of 5-10 minutes into 2025 minutes and sometimes up to an hour.
On Tuesday morning, passengers created ruckus after they were made to wait for almost an hour while going through security check in security hold area (SHA). According to passengers, this happened due to two reasons instead of available four x-ray machines in SHA, only two were operating and conveyor belt to pass the check-in luggage from airline counter to loaders stopped operating following technical snag.
When contacted, airport director A K Sharma said that he had no information regarding this issue. "I was on leave in morning and came to office in afternoon and since then I am in meetings. I do not know about this. I will find out and get back to you." In the morning between 6 am to 9 am, around 810 flights take-off from city airport to destinations such as Mumbai and Delhi. During these hours, more than 1,500 people travel from city airport.
The airlines' officials say that despite repeated requests, only two manned scanners are operational even in peak hours and sometimes it has also led to delay in boarding of flights.
30/12/15 The Times Of India
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