The Indian Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has announced that all major airports in the country will deploy body scanners within a year.

The regulator has also made it compulsory for other, smaller airports to install body scanners over the next two years.

This move is aimed at accelerating passenger clearance processes and ending manual frisking, without compromising airport security.

New body scanners will enable airport authorities to deal with the threat of non-metallic, plastic explosives and terrorism tools, including chemical, biological and radiation (CBR).

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Common metal detectors are often unable to discover these materials.

BCAS joint director general Jyoti Narayan said: “Since the nature of threat is changing, a lot of technological upgrade is happening in terms of aviation security.

“We have ordered installations of body scanners as normal scanners cannot detect trace of plastic explosives and other threat material.”

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Narayan announced that BCAS has already installed radiation detection systems to check baggage for CBR and plastic explosives.

BCAS is also deploying CTX machines that can scan hand luggage without having laptops and liquids removed.

A Behavioural Detection Training Programme has been launched to train crew members to identify suspicious passengers who may pose threats.

Narayan added: “We are also installing machines that detect unattended baggage for a long time. These machines will have alarm system to alert security staff.”

A mentally ill person recently climbed Mumbai Airport’s wall. To avoid the repetition of such incidents, BCAS has decided to deploy perimeter intrusion detection systems.

To increase the security on par with the US, UK and Israel, BCAS is also evaluating its bilateral airport framework with numerous countries.