Thursday, February 15, 2018

Inline baggage screening soon at Bhubaneswar airport

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here would soon have an inline baggage screening system for passengers’ convenience.

The decision was taken since the airport is witnessing a surge in passenger traffic after the first international flight took off from here in April, 2017, said a senior airport official.

“The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has agreed and we are planning to have the inline baggage checking) at BPIA by end of September or at best by end of this year,” said BPIA Director Suresh Chandra Hota.

He said that introduction of inline screening would not only upgrade the security system with automated screening but also speed up the baggage movement as well.

Further explaining about the advantages of the technology, Hota said that the system would do away with baggage screening before check-in. The baggage screening will be done after check-in once the facility is installed. It will allow the AAI to integrate screening machines, including explosives detection systems (EDS), with the airport’s baggage conveyor system.

The screening system, considered one of the biggest security upgrades in civil aviation since 9/11, will scan the baggage many times faster than the current system. The current system screens baggage piece by piece.

The check-in baggage, gliding along the conveyor, will be screened automatically by a machine fixed to the system. The machine will clear more than 70 per cent of the baggage without any manual intervention.

The baggage rejected by the first machine will be manually screened in another machine integrated to the conveyor.
15/02/18 Daily Pioneer