Airports in India will be able to use body scanners from next year and spare “clean” passengers physical frisking. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) is soon going to come out with technical specifications of these scanners and then airports can install and machines meeting those norms. For infra-starved Indian airports handling way more passengers than their built capacity, this technology — used widely abroad, especially the US — promises to speed up security checks as well as check spiralling security manpower costs.
“We will be issuing the specifications and regulations for active and passive millimetre wave body scanners by early next year. This is being done after their trial runs were conducted successfully (at some Indian airports),” BCAS chief Kumar Rajesh Chandra told. India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board did not clear full transmission scanners due to the harmful effect of the amount of radiation they expose passengers to, unlike the safer active and passive millimetre wave body scanners.