Sunday, January 31, 2021

Kolkata: Inline baggage scan for all flyers from February

Kolkata: Passengers travelling by GoAir flights will soon be spared the hassle of first getting their checked-in baggage scanned at a standalone X-ray machine before depositing them at the airline check-in counter.

Flyers travelling by all other carriers have been availing of inline baggage scan (ILBS) since February 17, 2020. The system allows passengers to deposit the luggage directly at the airline check-in counter and the scan is done automatically as bags travel down the conveyor belt. But with portal A where GoAir and AirAsia India counters were located not integrated into the system, passengers of these two airlines had to get their luggage scanned before depositing them. Later, AirAsia India flights were accommodated in portal B. But GoAir passengers still require to get their bags scanned.

Not for long though. Kolkata airport director Kaushik Bhattacharjee said the airline would also migrate to ILBS from mid-February with the integration of portal A into the system. “Baggage screening trials are currently underway by an agency authorised by Transport Security Administration (TSA),” said Bhattacharjee.

TSA is an agency of the US department of Homeland Security that oversees the security of travelling public in the US and has been entrusted by the civil aviation authority in India to carry out checks on the ILBS system. It is only after a nod from the TSA agency that the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security authorises the use of the ILBS system at airports.

31/01/21 Times of India

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