Thursday, October 11, 2018

Airport body scan with privacy

Full-body X-ray scanners with new specifications factoring in privacy and cultural issues of Indian passengers will soon be installed at the country’s busiest airports, including in Calcutta, as part of an overhaul of security protocol, Union home ministry sources have said.

The scanners are being imported and the manufacturer, whose identity has not been revealed, has been asked to tweak specifications keeping in mind Indian sensibilities and privacy issues.

“The Centre has given the go-ahead to install full-body scanners at major airports in the country. The manufacturer was recently asked to change the specifications after flyers, especially women, raised privacy and cultural issues during the trial run last year,” a home ministry official told The Telegraph on Tuesday on the sidelines of a two-day international seminar on aviation security organised by the Central Industrial Security Force in Delhi. The CISF guards the majority of the country’s airports.

“The new machines are configured to project only a generic stick figure image and show an outline of the passenger’s body on the screen, rather than an image of the passenger’s body,” the official said.

“Initially the scanners will be installed at the airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore and Chennai. Later they will be set up at the other airports,” the official said.
11/10/18 Imran Ahmed Siddiqui/Telegraph