Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Airport inline baggage scan delayed

Calcutta: Passengers catching flights from Calcutta will be denied what is considered a basic facility at most airports — inline baggage screening — at least till mid-January, officials said on Tuesday.

Those who will fly out during the Christmas-New Year holiday season will have to stand in a separate queue to get their baggage scanned, raising the possibility of flight delays.

At airports where inline screening is in place, passengers deposit their check-in baggage at the airline counter before collecting their boarding passes, without getting them scanned at standalone X-ray machines.

Inline baggage screening was supposed to become operational at the airport after Puja. But the rollout had to be deferred because tests conducted by Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which functions under the US department of homeland security, have revealed some problems, officials said.
The software installed in the inline baggage screening machines at the city airport was procured seven years ago and needed to be upgraded, the officials said. There were some hardware problems, too.
“The diverter, which guides a piece of baggage on the conveyer belt of the baggage screening system from one direction to another, became slow,” said an official.

Also, when the machine was tested with full capacity, it was developing snags and getting stalled.
05/11/19 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph
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