Security checks at Kolkata airport are expected to be quicker and more convenient as the authorities plan to introduce an automated tray retrieval system (ATRS). The move is expected to reduce queues, which would be crucial in handling the extra rush of passengers during the run up to the festive season.
Airport authorities have already installed two ATRS machines at security hold areas II and IV and plan to install 10 more at the security check areas in the domestic terminal. This will hasten the process of scanning cabin baggage and items like belts, wallets and phones.” With ATRS, 320-350 passengers will be able to pass the security check per hour.
“Two machines that arrived from China have been installed. They will be put to use next week after test runs,” said airport director Kaushik Bhattacharya. The official added that by March next year, all 12 ATRS machines will be up and running at the airport.
“The implementation of ATRS is being carried out in two phases. Once the two machines start running and staff and passengers get equipped with the new system, all the security hold areas will be equipped with the new system by early next year with 12 ATRS machines in the domestic terminal,” he said.
The ATRS automatically returns empty trays to the preparation area for passengers to place their bags and belongings. The machine doesn’t require any passenger or airport staff to push the trays or bags into the scanners and segregates trays with suspected items.
In India, ATRS has been implemented at Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai airports. Officials said the system will allow CISF officers to scan double the number of passengers than it can frisk at present.
“Flyers will have to put their cabin baggage and trays on the machine rollers that will take the trays into a dual-view X-ray machine. In case any bag or tray is found to contain some suspicious item, the machine will guide the same to a separate track while the rest of the trays and bags will head to another track. Once the passenger picks up his/her personal effects, the rollers will return the tray to the starting point,” a senior airport official said.
At present, the CISF personnel have to manually collect the trays from a pile. Further, an officer has to constantly push trolleys and bags into the scanner and manually segregate suspicious trays and bags.
The ATRS will also end flyers’ trouble of looking around for empty trays and waiting for others to finish using them. The system will also have larger trays that can accommodate more items. All the trays will be RFID tagged and under CCTV camera watch.
Source: Times of India