Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India, has started trialling body scanners at its domestic terminal.

This September, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) announced that all major airports in India will deploy body scanners within a year.

The move is aimed at accelerating passenger clearance processes and phasing out manual frisking, without compromising airport security.

The three-month trial at Hyderabad Airport began on 12 October and has been introduced to travellers on a voluntary basis.

As part of the trial, one body scanner has been installed at the express security check lane located near the third departure gate.

Additional body scanners are planned for the terminal upon successful completion of the trial.

Due to the SAFE radio wave security system that uses an image free scanning technique, the scanners are unable to breach a person’s privacy.

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The airport stated that the scanner has received positive feedback from travellers.

This August, Dunedin International Airport in New Zealand installed two body scanners to boost the security of domestic passengers.

In May, Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) called for expression of interest (EoI) from original equipment makers for the supply of body scanners at the airport.

Singapore-based Changi Airport recently installed 14 new body scanners across four terminals.

In January, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan deployed a new full-body scanner at the Bacha Khan International Airport in Peshawar to handle smuggling and money laundering issues.