India’s Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) is set to mandate the installation of new scanners based on computer tomography (CT) at airports across the country, eliminating the need for passengers to take out electronic devices from their hand baggage, PTI reported.
The CT scanners, which would offer a three-dimensional view of the objects in hand baggage, are expected to expedite the security check-in process at airports.
Currently, the scanners installed at the airports offer only a two-dimensional view of the objects inside hand baggage.
However, the technical details of the scanners that will be deployed have not been disclosed, according to the news agency.
Recently, the country’s aviation ministry told Lok Sabha, (the lower house of India’s bicameral Parliament), that airport security and safety is an ongoing process and reviewed routinely by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and BCAS.
The Ministry also plans to deploy advanced technologies such as Computer Tomography Explosive Detection Systems (CT-EDS) and Dual Generator X-BIS machines at some of the sensitive airports in the country.
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Going forward, the ministry plans to deploy Radiological Detection Equipment (RDE) at airports in a phased manner.
In June this year, Delhi International Airport started trials of full-body scanners at the airport’s Terminal 2.
These scanners will serve as a replacement for traditional door frame metal detectors, hand-held scanners and pat-down searches of passengers to identify metal items.