Govt considers installing body scanners at IGI Airport
New Delhi: The Government on Tuesday said it is
considering to install body scanners at the Indira Gandhi
International Airport on a trial basis, once the new terminal
is commissioned, the Parliament was informed today.
"This Ministry is considering installing body scanners at
IGI Airport, New Delhi, on a trial basis once the new terminal
is commissioned," Minister of Civil Aviation Praful Patel said
in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
He, however, said a final view on the type of technology
to be deployed is yet to be taken as the proposal is in the
initial stage and "appropriate safeguards and certification
for privacy and health issues will be incorporated".
On the cost of the scanners, Patel said, it will be borne
by the airport operators.
In a reply to another question, Patel said during this
winter, 1,995 flights have been delayed at the IGI airport
while 339 were cancelled due to low visibility.
He said, the IGI Airport was the most affected airport
during the winter due to fog.
"1,995 numbers of flights were delayed at IGI airport,
Delhi and 339 flights were cancelled due to low visibility in
foggy conditions," the minister said.
He said most airlines use ILS-III system (instrument
landing system (ILS), -- a ground-based system providing
guidance to aircraft while landing) at Delhi airport.
Of the total 289 aircraft for domestic operations, 162 are
CAT (Category)-III Landing System in 2008 and 206 in 2010. He
also added that there are 1,323 CAT III trained pilots as of
November 17, 2009.
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