An important goal of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is to make travel as safe as possible for flyers. To follow this, AAI has decided that it will get 198 body scanners for a total of 63 Indian airports. These body scanners will then replace the current handheld devices for scanning and door metal detectors. The pat-down for searching of passengers for detecting metal objects will not be there after the body scanners are installed. This is certainly an upgrade which many people will like since it will make the process of security checking faster.
Maximum Scanners for Chennai, Pune, and Kolkata Airport: AAI
Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials said, “The process for procurement of body scanners started earlier this year before the COVID-19 pandemic. It has become important to get these scanners as soon as possible as frisking of passengers by security personnel has already been minimised since March due to the pandemic.”
The maximum number of scanners will go to Chennai, Pune, and Kolkata airport. The Chennai airport will get 19, Kolkata airport will get 17 and the Pune airport will get 12 body scanners. So a total of 48 scanners out of the 198 will go to these airports.
AAI said the Srinagar airport will get 7 and the Visakhapatnam airport will get 6 body scanners. There will be five body scanners each at the Bagdogra, Tirupati, Goa, Imphal, and Bhubaneswar airport.
The Varanasi, Amritsar, Calicut, Trichy, Gaya, Coimbatore, Bhopal, and Aurangabad airports will get four body scanners each. AAI said passengers will have to remove thick clothing such as jackets from their body and all the other metallic items as well. The machine will generate a mannequin-like image which will tell if there is a metal item hidden in the body or not. A yellow spot on the screen would mean a further screening of the person will be required.