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Airport to get new baggage scanning system soon

P. Oppili

CHENNAI: A new baggage scanning system will be introduced at Chennai airport within a month's time.

Explaining about the facility E.P. Hareendranathan, Airport Director, Chennai airport, told The Hindu that the machinery, imported from the Netherlands, is known as ‘In Line Baggage Inspection System.'

It has four levels of scanning a baggage. At the first level a computer controlled X-ray will inspect the baggage if some suspicious materials were foundthrough an explosive trace detector. This instrument will check the object in three different angles and trace the explosives or the presence of a banned item as per the specification fed into it by the authorities. Suspicious objects found in a baggage will be sent to the second level, he said.

In the second level a micro scanning of baggage is done through a work station, which is manned by half a dozen people. They will see the baggage in a monitor, which can be zoomed in and enlarged also. When the baggage is rejected at this level then it will go to the third level, which has an explosive detector scanner. Even at the third level if the baggage is rejected at the fourth level the authorities will call the passenger and make a physical verification of the baggage, he said.

Pilferage or carrying banned items can be easily detected under this new facility and any unlawful interference with civil aviation operation can be averted, as the passenger will not have any access to his baggage once it is sent for screening. These are the two important advantages in the new facility, he said.

Under the existing system soon after scanning the baggage it is handed over to the passenger who takes it up to the airline ticket counter. In between chances of the passenger putting a banned item in to the baggage is possible. When a baggage is cleared at the first level itself it will automatically reach the baggage make up area and get loaded into the aircraft without any problem, he added.

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