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B'lore airport to screen men & women together by year-end

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Men and women passengers flying out from the city will soon no longer have to stand in separate queues during security

In a first in the country, Bangalore International (BIAL) Monday said it has signed an agreement with UK-based Macdonald Humfrey to roll out a new security system by December, which will screen men and women together.

The new system is also expected to reduce the wait time for passengers drastically.

has signed an agreement with Macdonald Humfrey (Automation) India to introduce a Smart Security Lane with Automated System (ATRS), the company said in a release.

Work on the security hall enhancements will begin with the first automated lanes being installed in the domestic and international check points by the end of 2018, it said.

Replacement of existing manual lanes will be undertaken in a phased manner to ensure minimal disruption to operations, the release said, adding the project is due for completion by March 2019.

Once fully operational, the passenger capacity will rise by over 50 per cent, it said.

The smart lanes with ATR will automatically return empty trays to the preparation area for passengers to place their bags and belongings, ending the hassle of looking for trays and also prevent empty trays from piling up.

In addition, the automated rollers will enable the trays to automatically move into the machine, without the need for passengers or staff to push their trays/ bags into the machines.

This advanced technology will dramatically bring down wait time for passengers at the security check point at the Bengaluru airport, the company said.

Also, according to BIAL, men and women will no longer need to be security screened in different locations and will be screened together.

The airport operator also said that it had conducted a successful trial run early last year prior to signing the pact with the and automation firm.

"With the new proposed system, we can now process more passengers in a secure and controlled environment, improving overall operational efficiency and enhancing safety and security. In addition, passengers will benefit from a quicker passage through security checkpoints," said Javed Malik, chief operating officer,

is the joint venture company that operates

Canadian firm Fairfax holds 54 per cent stake in the JV, Projects Ventures 20 per cent, while the central and state governments hold 13 per cent each through AAI and KSIIDC.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 18:31 IST
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