Friday, January 17, 2020

Birsa Munda Airport readies for big take-off

Good news for flyers who use Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Airport.

From May-end, an automated inline screening system will spare flyers the trouble of standing in a queue to get their check-in luggage scanned while six extra parking bays will start functioning from this month-end.

A senior Airports Authority of India (AAI) official who is monitoring the installation of the inline scanner at the Birsa airport said they had the equipment, including the advanced computer tomography X-ray (CTX) machines that airports use to check explosives. “But it would not be before May-end that the automated inline screening system starts as the whole system has to receive a nod from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, the nodal agency in the country to ensure safety in flights,” he said.

He added: “According to norms, we have to get the system tested by the transportation security administration, a unit of US Department of Homeland Security (that was set up after the 9/11 terror attacks).”

In an automated inline scanning system, a piece of luggage deposited at the check-in counter goes through the X-ray machines on a conveyor belt. The belts are fitted with cameras and sensors that create images of the luggage with barcode. The luggage is screened in a control room manned by trained security personnel.

The first screener has to take the decision of passing or segregating a bag within 15-20 seconds. Once a bag is categorised as suspect, it is shifted from the channel to another belt where it then passes through a conventional X-ray machine. The second screener gets more time to review the image. Then, and if the screener is not satisfied, the owner will be called to open the bag.
17/01/20 Animesh Bisoee in Ranchi and Jamshedpur/Telegraph
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