BODY SCAN­NERS TO MAKE DE­BUT AT NEW DELHI’S IGI AIR­PORT

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Faizan Haidar

NEW DELHI: Peo­ple catch­ing flights from the New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional A i r p o r t ( I G IA ) m ay s o o n have to pass through a full­body scan­ner, which is part of pend­ing ef­forts to up­grade se­cu­rity at the air­port that records 60,000 out-bound trav­el­ers a day.

The ma­chine, which pro­duces an X-ray im­age of a per­son, is a stan­dard se­cu­rity de­vice in many air­ports world­wide.

It has at­tracted crit­i­cism be­cause peo­ple are un­com­fort­able with the full-body im­age it pro­duces. Crit­ics say the scan in­fringed their pri­vacy.

Delhi air­port con­ducted a trial run of the ma­chine six years ago and is set to go for an­other round of tri­als at Ter­mi­nal 3, or T3, the new­est and big­gest of its two ter­mi­nals.

The Ger­man man­u­fac­tur­ers of the ma­chine have al­ready started in­stalling it at T3. Com­pany of­fi­cials will train Cen­tral In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity Force (CISF) per­son­nel, who guard the air­port, to use the scan­ner.

Sources al­layed fears about the ob­jec­tion­able im­ages the ma­chine can churn out, say­ing the snap­shots would look like man­nequins, in­stead of a graphic X-ray pic­ture.

The Bureau for Civil Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity (BCAS) and other se­cu­rity agen­cies have set­tled for this par­tic­u­lar ma­chine be­cause it could be con­fig­ured to not re­veal im­ages of body parts, and it emits less harm­ful rays.

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