In a bid to enhance airport security measures and streamline passenger experiences, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and Noida International Airport are introducing cutting-edge CT X-ray machines for security screening. This revolutionary technology, initially tested at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, promises to bring about a paradigm shift in airport security procedures.
Bengaluru Airport Pioneers CTX Machines:
Efficient Security Screening: Passengers departing from Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport are set to benefit from trials of CTX (Computer Tomography X-ray) machines at Terminal 2. This advancement aims to expedite the security screening process.
Ease of Travel: With the implementation of CTX machines, travelers will no longer be required to remove electronic devices or items containing liquids, aerosols, and gels (LAGs) from their bags. This not only accelerates screening but also reduces the need for additional security measures post-metal detector checks.
CTX machines utilize computed tomography technology to generate detailed 3D models of cabin bags, improving the detection of prohibited items while simultaneously speeding up the screening process.
Noida Airport Embraces Passenger-Friendly CT X-Ray Machines:
Convenient Check-In: Christoph Schnellmann, CEO of Noida International Airport, anticipates that a significant portion of passengers at the airport will benefit from the CT X-ray machines, allowing electronics and liquids to remain in hand baggage during security checks.
3D Imaging Technology Unlike traditional X-ray machines requiring two separate scans, CT X-ray machines provide a comprehensive 3D image, eliminating the need for items to be removed from bags.
Selective Implementation: Schnellmann clarified that while not all security lanes would initially be equipped with these machines, the majority of passengers would have access to this state-of-the-art technology.
Competition and Cooperation Between Delhi and Noida Airports:
Rising Competition: A report by Capa India underscores the growing competition between Delhi and Noida airports, particularly considering the lower VAT on aviation turbine fuel at Noida Airport.
Growth Opportunities: Despite competition, Schnellmann envisions growth for both airports, citing India’s thriving aviation market and the increasing demand for additional airport infrastructure.
Operational Expectations: While Delhi Airport manages around 1,200 flights daily, Noida Airport, developed by Zurich Airport International, is expected to commence operations with approximately 65 daily flights.
Leap in Airport Security Measures:
The adoption of CTX machines at airports handling over 50 lakh passengers annually represents a significant leap in security measures. The Association of Private Airport Operators (APAO) has urged the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to reconsider its deadline for installing these machines, originally planned for hypersensitive airports by the year’s end. This technological upgrade aligns with global standards and promises a more efficient and hassle-free travel experience.