Delhi Airport to Begin Full Body Scanner Trial

3 February 2010 (Last Updated February 3rd, 2010 18:30)

Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India, will begin trial of full body scanners from May this year. The trials will provide the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security a constructive insight into the functioning of the equipment. Airport officials said the scanners would

Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India, will begin trial of full body scanners from May this year.

The trials will provide the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security a constructive insight into the functioning of the equipment.

Airport officials said the scanners would not compromise passenger privacy as images taken by the scanner would be converted to a graphic.

The airport has not yet signed a contract for supply of the equipment, but is expected to reach a decision by the end of the Commonwealth Games in October.

The Indian Government said that around 125-200 full body scanners would be required for Delhi and Mumbai, estimated to cost between Rs8m and Rs10m each ($160,000 to $200,000).

Existing security checks involve pat-down searches, door frame metal detectors and hand-held device scans that can detect metals.

Non-metallic objects cannot be detected by these devices like the one carried by the Nigerian passenger Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab who allegedly tried to blow up a US-bound plane on Christmas Day.

The airport authorities also plan to issue biometric identification cards with tamper-proof features to all ground staff and airline officials from March at an estimated cost of Rs10m ($217,010).