• New scanner can scan baggage in 360° mode
• Capable of handling around 1800 bags per hour
• It can create CT-Slice with a 3D image to detect explosives
Authorities at the Srinagar International Airport Sunday installed the first hi-tech, Inline Baggage Screening System (ILBS) that can detect everything within seconds and would boost the security system at the airport, officials said.
Director Airport Authority of India (AAI), Srinagar Airport, Santosh Dhoke told Rising Kashmir that the ILBS facility was inaugurated on Sunday and it would boost the security system at the airport. “It will be more beneficial in view of the high-security zone and more helpful compared to traditional detectors," he said.
Dhoke said the ILBS facility would make the airport more safe and secure.
"Every kind of explosive can now be detected by the new system and it is just like a City Scan facility. We can scan baggage in 360° mode and create CT-Slice with 3D image to detect explosive material inside the baggage,” he said.
As per the Director, the new scanning system would be able to handle around 1800 bags per hour and would be faster and efficient compared to the metal detectors.
“It will save time and be more effective in view of the high-security area,” he said. “The facility is already in place at major airports in India including Delhi, Mumbai, and other parts of the world for screening hold baggage. We have made ILBS with CTX 9800 DSI (Computed Tomography) Scanners operational for enhancement of aviation safety and security."
He said that the Inline Hold Baggage Handling System (HBS) has been integrated with the airport Baggage Handling System (BHS) in order to provide a complete hold baggage processing and screening system.
“The new scanning system is more easy and secure. It will also lessen the burden of the staff involved in the scanning duty. Now there will be less congestion at the check-in area,” Dhoke said.
He said unlike the previous arrangements, now the passengers would directly move to the check-in counter without waiting for the registered baggage screening.
Another official at the Airport Authority of India (AAI) said that the hi-tech scanners would be more helpful in view of the high security area.
“The new system will be detecting passengers to find whether they are hiding any objectionable material in their body or clothes. Even no physical contact will be needed,” the official said.
In 2019, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) had directed 84 airports across India to install hi-tech body scanners.
Following this, 28 airports were declared as “hyper-sensitive” and 56 airports “sensitive” across India while the rest airports would get the facility by the end of 2021.
“The door frame metal and handheld detectors can't properly detect non-metallic weapons and explosives. However, the body detectors can detect metallic and non-metallic items,” the official said.
As per the official, these scanners would be installed across India in various phases.
However, Srinagar has been listed among the hyper-sensitive airports and would get priority in the installation of these devices.
The official said scanners are based on millimeter-wave technology comprising non-ionising electromagnetic radiation and are safe for all passengers.
“It is just like an X-ray and the whole body would be scanned within a few seconds. Everything suspicious or objectionable will be highlighted through the x-ray screen,” the official said.