X-ray issue, privacy issue hodling up use of body scanners
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Last Updated: Monday, March 07, 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".


First Published: Monday, March 07, 2011, 21:23

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