Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Sri Lanka has installed the latest X-ray machines to upgrade its baggage screening facilities.

Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited (AASL) procured the X-Ray machines, worth $331,220, as a direct investment.

The introduction of the X-Rray machines is expected to ensure passenger convenience by increasing the baggage screening throughput and reducing passenger wait times.

It will also help AASL to enhance compliance with AVSEC standards.

The move is in compliance with European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), Department for Transport UK (DFT UK) and Transport Security Administration (TSA) USA, as well as National Security standards.

Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) mandates the compliance of all these standards for hold baggage and carry-on baggage screening.

AASL security staff will be provided with operational training by the Smiths Detection Malaysia SDN, represented locally by Securatec Lanka.

The organisation’s technical staff will be trained on the maintenance of the X-ray machines at Smiths Detection Malaysia.

This will eliminate the need for the authorities to enter into a maintenance agreement with the manufacturer or local representative, which would incur a significant cost.

The new X-ray machines will be placed at BIA’s departures customs area and boarding gates. They will also be installed at Colombo International Airport to enhance the passenger departure process and AVSEC standards.

In February this year, Bandaranaike International Airport started the construction works for a new terminal to accommodate its increasing passenger numbers.