Friday, February 14, 2020

Kolkata airport domestic wing gets inline bag scan

Kolkata: Authorities at Kolkata airport kicked off the soft launch of inline baggage screening system (ILBS) in the domestic wing on Thursday with Air India getting the checked-in bags of six flights screened by the new system. With three portals in the international wing already in use, the addition of portal E in the domestic wing meant more than half of the portals that are to be commissioned between February 18 and 28 are currently undergoing live trials.
“The E portal that is reserved for Air India was put into use on Thursday. The shift went glitch-free and for Friday, we have planned to put one more domestic portal into use,” said a senior official at the airport. This is likely to be portal D used by SpiceJet and Vistara. IndiGo that operates over 100 flights daily uses two portals — B and C. Portal A used by AirAsia India and GoAir will get the ILBS system later.
While the soft launches have been glitch-free till now, four passengers had to be escorted to the ILBS area in the terminal basement to remove power banks from their checked-in baggage. Three of these passengers were travelling to Dubai on Wednesday evening and one by an Air India flight on Thursday. “Six flights with 820 passengers availed of ILBS on Wednesday. Altogether, 1,145 checked-in bags were screened on portal G and H. Of them, only three went to level 4 check requiring passengers to be summoned to remove restricted items from bags. All other bags were cleared at either level 2 where the screener checks the 3D image of the bag and its contents generated by the CTX machine or in level 3 where screeners get more time to review the image or use standalone X-ray and explosive trace detector to clear the bags,” said airport director Kaushik Bhattacharjee.
14/02/20 Subhro Niyogi & Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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