Monday, September 24, 2018

Quick baggage scanning soon at airport

Chennai: In three months, passengers flying out of the domestic terminal at the Chennai airport will be relieved of the laborious process of scanning their baggage through standalone machines.

From December, a passenger entering the domestic terminal will have to just drop off her baggage at the airline check-in counters and the inline baggage scanner will examine them, akin to what happens in the international departure terminal.

According to officials of Airports Authority of India (AAI), they will do away with the existing standalone machines in three months as the installation of four new inline scanners have begun.

In the current setup, passengers who enter the terminal have to first wait in the queue, lift their baggage and put them through the standalone machines and then proceed towards check-in and other formalities for boarding. In the inline system, passengers can head straight to check-in counters and leave their baggage, which will eventually be taken to the aircraft after scanning. “These scanners have a capacity to scan 1,200 bags an hour. Also, they are the latest ones equipped with CT X-ray and CT Scan systems which can easily detect explosives. There will be various levels of scanning in these new machines, which will ensure better security. There are 14 screeners certified by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security who will monitor the screening of baggage,” an official said.
24/09/18 Sunitha Sekar/The Hindu