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X-ray issue, privacy issue hodling up use of body scanners

Last Updated: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 21:23

New Delhi: Exposure of human body to X-ray
from body scanners and "certain other shortcomings" have
delayed installation of body scanners at airports in the
country, the head of CISF said on Monday.

The CISF, which is a stakeholder for installation of the
machines for enhancing and upgrading security at airports,
said some "shortcomings" have held back the scanners` possible
deployment.

"Only one body scanner has been brought to Delhi
airport. A committee comprising the Intelligence Bureau, the
CISF and the airport operator is there...there are certain
issues. We have tested it but there are certain shortcomings,
which I cannot reveal now," CISF Director General NR Das told
reporters here.

A senior CISF officer said the issue of exposure of human
body to X-rays, privacy and other technical issues are some of
the problems coming in the way of quick implementation of body
scanners.

"We said that once the shortcomings are taken care
of...it (body scanner) will be used only for secondary
checking...only if we have found somebody suspicious..." Das
said.

Air passengers flying out or coming in at Terminal-3 at
the Indira Gandhi International Airport can expect to have
additional help booths of security personnel inside the
sprawling complex.

CISF Additional Director General Kashmir Singh said the
Ministry of Civil Aviation had recently held a meeting on
the grievance redressal of air pasengers at the new terminal
and the measures will be implemented "very shortly".

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 21:23

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