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Indian airports set to install body scanners from 2019

| Updated: December 28, 2018 17:42:59

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Indian airports will be able to use body scanners from next year and spare “clean” passengers physical frisking, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) said.

The BCAS is soon going to come out with technical specifications of these scanners and then airports can install and machines meeting those norms, reports TOI.

For infra-starved airports in the country handling way more passengers than their built capacity, said the report.

The technology—used widely abroad, especially the US —promises to speed up security checks as well as check spiralling security manpower costs.

“We will be issuing the specifications and regulations for active and passive millimetre wave body scanners by early next year, BCAS chief Kumar Rajesh Chandra said.

“This is being done after their trial runs were conducted successfully (at some Indian airports),” he said.

India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board did not clear full transmission scanners due to the harmful effect of amount of radiation they expose passengers to, unlike the safer active and passive millimetre wave body scanners.

Airport operators are now waiting for BCAS regulations to be out so that they can swing into action.

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