Passengers travelling through Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) Terminal 2 (T2) can look forward to a more efficient and hassle-free security screening experience as the airport has taken a new step to eliminate the need for removing personal electronic devices from handbags during pre-embarkation security checks.
In simpler terms, you will soon not have to worry about removing devices like laptops, phones, earphones and more from bags for security check-ups at airports.
Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), the operator of KIA, has confirmed the initiation of a trial run for the Computer Tomography X-ray (CTX) machine at T2, according to Money Control. This trial, which is set to commence in the next few weeks, is initially directed at domestic passengers, with the system expected to be fully operational by December 2023. Bengaluru’s KIA is set to become the first airport in India to implement passenger trials for the CTX machine, which will be seamlessly integrated with the Automatic Tray Retrieval System (ATRS) and full-body scanners, promising heightened security measures and operational efficiency.
The CTX system allows passengers to leave electronic devices, such as laptops, and items categorised as Liquids, Aerosols, and Gels (LAGs), in their bags, expediting the screening process. This approach significantly reduces the number of trays required per person during security screening, resulting in quicker divesting and fewer contact points, thereby enhancing overall hygiene.
Moreover, the introduction of the CTX machine will eliminate the current practice of patting down passengers after the primary screening through the walk-through metal detector, emphasising the commitment to enhanced automation and precision, prioritising both security and passenger convenience. The CTX machine, coupled with automatic explosives detection algorithms, will deliver superior 3D image quality, enhancing security outcomes.
This advanced screening process enables operators to inspect bag contents with the flexibility to rotate views, minimising the need for re-checks and physical inspections.
Satyaki Raghunath, Chief Operating Officer of BIAL, highlighted the strategic installation of three full-body scanners at T2 to ensure a faster and more secure flying experience.
While BIAL spearheads this security system, other airports are also in the process of upgrading their security infrastructure. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) mandated major airports handling 50 lakh passengers to install 3D CTX machines for cabin checks by the year-end, with Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru airports conducting trials to enhance passenger convenience, transit efficiency, and security screening processes.