India’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has begun trials of full-body scanners at the airport’s Terminal 2.

These scanners will replace the traditional door frame metal detectors, hand-held scanners and pat-down searches of passengers to detect metal objects.

Full-body scanner trials were initiated according to a directive issued in April 2019 by Indian aviation security regulator Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), which called for the installation of these scanners at 84 sensitive airports across the country, reported the Hindustan Times

The scanners are based on millimetre-wave technology and can detect non-metal objects without making physical contact or breaching the privacy of passengers.

The test of the new scanners will continue for 45 to 60 days, the DIAL spokesperson added.

Once completed, the test data will be shared with regulatory bodies for evaluation and to decide the next course of action.

Airport officials anticipate that the implementation of the new scanning devices will speed up security checks.

DIAL CEO Videh Kumar Jaipuriar was quoted by the media outlet as saying: “The safety and security of civil aviation is a major concern for all.

“The CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) has been doing a tremendous job. Now, we have deployed an advanced full-body scanner at the airport. It will not invade passengers’ privacy during security checks and will hardly have any impact on their health.

“After successful completion of trials, and evaluation of results, DIAL will install more such scanners as per the BCAS directive.”

DIAL said that the door frame metal detectors will still be used at the airport for passengers with special requirements, such as wheelchair users or those who cannot physically pass through the full-body scanners.