Monday, October 07, 2019

Advanced baggage screening at international terminal by month-end

Chennai: Passengers checking in at Chennai airport’s international departure terminal won’t have to put their check-in luggage through standalone scanning machines from the end of this month as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will commission an inline baggage screening system.
The facility will be opened at the domestic terminal by December.
The new machines have been installed and tested and training for personnel is going on. Once, the training is completed, the system will be operationalized. After that passengers only need deposit their luggage at the check-in counters. From there, they will go to the scanners on a conveyor-belt. A senior AAI official said that an MoU had been signed with AAI Cargo Losgistics and Allied Services Company (AAICLAS) to supply manpower to screen the bags at the four-level inline screening system.
“Around 80 people will be needed to monitor the bags and the airport operator is responsible for the work at the international terminal. In the domestic terminal, security staff of airlines screen the bags. But this may not be possible at the international terminal because 30 airlines including the foreign airlines cannot post their staff for the screening. This means that we will need our own staff. The MoU had to be signed for sourcing and training of staff,” he added.
Air India was handling screening of bags at standalone machines for all airlines at the international terminal. AAI has taken over the work from September 30. Now, staff belonging to AAI operates the standalone machines at the international terminal.
The AAI official said the staff were being trained and certified in batches at a facility in Kochi. “They are being trained to use the machine, which is sophisticated and screens bags at multiple levels, and also to detect suspicious items in baggage,” he said. The new inline machines are calibrated as per the revised security specifications issued by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), which lays stress on detecting explosives.
07/10/19 Times of India
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