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Wednesday, 12 February, 2020, 12 : 15 PM [IST]

Inline bag scan begins at Kolkata airport

Inline bag scan will begin at the Kolkata airport. This will eliminate the need to get checked-in baggage scanned by X-ray machines before they are deposited at check-in counters, became operational at the Kolkata airport on Tuesday with the soft launch of 3D scanning on one of the three portals in the international wing. 

The two other portals in the wing will become operational later this week, followed by soft launch of portals in the domestic wing next week. “The ILBS facility will be completely operational in the international wing by February 17-18 and in the domestic wing by February 24,” Kaushik Bhattacharjee, Airport Director, Kolkata said after the launch of the system linked to portal H on Tuesday evening. Only one of the eight portals that caters to GoAir and AirAsia India passengers will get ILBS later.

“The soft launch of portal H where a flight’s bags were used to check the robustness of the machine as well as proficiency of screeners went off smoothly. We will use the portal on Wednesday as well and see if the initial rejection rate can be reduced. Thereafter, we plan to do a soft launch of portal F with an Emirates flight that has twice the capacity with the requirement to clear nearly 500 bags,” Bhattacharjee said. 

Security experts said the rejection rate would go down as the screeners acquire experience and learn to be more discerning while examining the X-ray images to determine whether the item flagged off is a threat or not. “The CTX registered baggage explosive detection system will flag off many suspicious items. Most of them are harmless stuff, primarily edible items typical to Indian cuisine like pickles. Screeners need to learn what to override through experience. Till that happens, there will be higher rejections, requiring passengers to be summoned to the basement to explain what the suspect item is or open the bag for inspection,” the security expert said. 

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