A parliamentary standing committee recommended the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) install scanners based on computed tomography at the airports to handle overcrowding caused due to the increasing footfall of passengers.
The committee stated in its report that these scanners will eliminate the need for passengers to remove electronic items from their hand luggage and will speed up the security check-in process.
It added that during security check-in, the passengers are required to take out their electronic devices from their baggage, which causes inconvenience and is a waste of time. The committee recommends that the MHA take up this matter with the Ministry of Civil Aviation for the purpose of installing scanners that can help air passengers have a smooth security check-in.
The report also goes on to say that the Committee has also noted that there is a delay in the supply of equipment to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) by the airport operators.
“This may hamper the functioning of CISF in the airports.” The Committee is of the view that the MHA along with the CISF may take up the matter with the concerned authorities to ensure that the equipment is provided to CISFs as early as possible in airports for smooth and fast-paced security checks,” says the report.
Last week, the civil aviation ministry informed the Lok Sabha that several initiatives have been launched to improve crowd management at airports across the country.
CT scanning equipment is used at checkpoints to improve the threat detection capabilities for carry-on luggage. The technology is similar to CT technology, which is used in medicine. According to research, CT is the most important technology available today for airport checkpoints.
Last year, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) mandated 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.
The existing security checks offer only a two-dimensional view of objects inside baggage.
The ministry also intends to install advanced technologies such as Computer Tomography Explosive Detection Systems (CT-EDS) and Dual Generator X-BIS machines at some of the country’s most sensitive airports.
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