Hyderabad: Security clearance at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad could soon be as simple as walking through a body scanner.
The premier airport, according to GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) S.G.K. Kishore, is likely to soon have body scanners installed to screen passengers.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Kishore said, was contemplating installing scanners on a pilot basis at the Delhi airport, also operated by GHIAL. The same move could be replicated at RGIA, he said.
“CISF personnel are now checking the passengers manually and once the scanners are installed, passengers can just walk through the scanners after clearing the security check. This will also reduce manpower costs,” he said. To a question on objections to women undergoing checking through scanners, he said there were scanners which would not affect privacy.
“We are trying to integrate technology and use it to a maximum extent without compromising on security,” he explained. GHIAL has installed high-definition cameras with data analytics which will help in identifying who is screening passengers and at what time.
The cameras would also enable security personnel to know persons who are coming out of the flight with bags, he said. The passenger traffic has been growing considerably at the major airports, including RGIA, and at the same time, manpower could not be increased.
“As there will be some gaps if the manual system is continued, we are planning to integrate technology and ensure foolproof security at the airport,” he said, adding that the assistance of CISF, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and other agencies would be taken for the initiative.
Kishore said that with the support of CISF and other stakeholders, the RGIA had the privilege to be the first airport in the country to roll out end-to-end e-boarding process and be a pioneer in doing away with stamping of baggage tags and boarding cards.
Apart from this, CISF has played a crucial role in helping the airport implement various facility and process improvements aimed at enhancing passenger experience and operational efficiency, he added.