Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) DG Zulfikar Hasan has asked airport operators handling 50 lakh and above passengers to install 3D Computed Tomography X-ray (CTX) machines for checking cabin bags by December 31, 2023. Hassan has also asked the most sensitive airports handling one crore or more passengers annually to start using Full Body Scanners (FBS) technology by the end of this year. Due to the Corona epidemic, its deadline has been extended several times from March 2020. This security check will speed up. In November-December last year, there was a huge increase in the number of passengers at many airports in the country. The need for these two techniques was felt at that time.
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As per the BCAS order, all non-RCS (Regional Connectivity Scheme) airports are required to install CTX and FBS before starting operations. These include the airport of Greater Noida and Navi Mumbai. According to sources, a timeline has also been given to smaller airports for this. He says that the CTX will not only increase the convenience of passengers but also improve security. FBS will help in locating non-metallic objects hidden in the body. This will also stop the smuggling of drugs. TOI sought comments from airport operators in this regard. The Airports Authority of India said that it is considering the use of technology. But did not comment on GMR and Adani Group.
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