Thu. Feb 22nd, 2024

Flyers using the Bengaluru airport will no longer need to put gadgets in trays for security checking purposes. This new security checking system will be introduced in Terminal 2 (T2) of Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA). Passengers using this terminal soon won’t need to remove personal electronic devices, including mobile phones and laptops, from their hand baggage at pre-boarding security checkpoints.
The operator of KIA Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) has confirmed that a trial run for the CTX (Computer Tomography X-ray) machine at T2 will begin “within the next few weeks” It is important to note that this new system will be available only for domestic passengers and is expected to be operational by December.
In a statement to Moneycontrol, Satyaki Raghunath, Chief Operating Officer of BIAL said: “The trial run for the CTX machine at T2 will begin within the next few weeks. KIA will be the first airport in India to begin passenger trials for the CTX machine, which will be integrated with the Automatic Tray Retrieval System (ATRS) and full-body scanners.”
For a faster and more secure flying experience, three full-body scanners have been installed at Bengaluru airport’s T2, BIAL officials confirmed.
How the new system will work
Raghunath explained: “Operators can rotate the view to look at the contents of bags, cutting down on re-checks and physical inspection. Also, the new system will reduce the number of trays required per person during security screening. This means passengers will be able to leave their electronic items (laptops, etc.) and LAGs (liquids, aerosols, and gels) in their bags and go through a quicker screening process. It will also reduce processing time at security checkpoints. Removing fewer items from luggage means fewer trays, speeding up divesting and reducing contact points, thus improving hygiene.”

This new system will eliminate the current process of physically checking the passengers, after a primary screening through the walk-through metal detector.
“The CTX Proof of Concept (POC) is undergoing trial at T2. The installation and integration with ATRS lanes are currently underway and trials on passengers will begin very soon. Advanced screening of carry-on baggage using CT and automatic explosives detection algorithms will improve security outcomes with superior 3D image quality, and CT can better identify the density of liquids,” Raghunath added.

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