Sunday, October 13, 2019

Trial run of full body scan at Pune airport from October-end

Pune: The Central Industrial Security Force is set to train its personnel at the city airport to use a body scanning machine, the trial run of which will start at the facility this month-end.
“Some of the security personnel will undergo training this month. According to information, a body scanning machine will be placed in the security hold area of the airport by the month-end and trial runs will start soon,” a source in the airport told TOI.

All passengers would not have to pass through the body scanner. The checks would be conducted at random.

AGermany-based company having its base in Delhi will provide the body scanning machine to the Lohegaon airport. “The first machine will be used mainly for trial run for around two months. If the system is found effective, it will become a permanent feature at the airport and more machines will be installed,” an airport official said.

Earlier this year, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) had issued a circular stating that a total of 84 airports across the country should install body scanning machines by March next year. According to the circular, a total of 28 hyper sensitive and 56 sensitive airports would have to install body scanners by March 2020, while the remaining airports should have them by March 2021. The Pune airport comes under the category of hyper sensitive airports.
13/10/19 Joy Sengupta/Times of India
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