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New luggage scanners, bomb detectors installed at Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Baggage claim at Suvarnabhumi airport

Baggage claim at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport. Photo: Hajime NAKANO / Flickr.

BANGKOK, 13 June 2012 (NNT) – The Airports of Thailand (AoT) is ready to open its new luggage checking system on the east side of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport’s passenger terminal in order to accelerate the immigration process.

Suvarnabhumi Airport Director Somchai Sawasdipol said the airport has recently installed several high-technology luggage scanners at a new security check area on the second floor of the departure terminal. The new devices include twelve x-ray scanners, six walk-through metal detectors and two explosive detectors that are also known as CT 80.

The airport has also introduced a new body scanner, which, according to the AoT staff, is not mandatory to all passengers. It helps facilitate a thorough body inspection without any violation to the passenger. The body scanner is said to have the ability to detect both metallic and non-metallic items, including narcotic substances.

Although passengers usually have to walk through the immigration counters before having their luggage scanned for suspicious items, Mr. Somchai noted that air-travelers at the new security check area will be requested to have their luggage scanned first. He said in lieu of having prohibited items, such as hair gel or perfume, confiscated on the spot, this system will allow travelers to leave the items with their friends or relatives before proceeding to the immigration counters.

With the new additions to the airport, staff are expected to be able to process passengers at the rate of up to 3,600 persons per hour. The new luggage scanning area will commence full operation at 4 am on June 15, 2012.

National News Bureau of Thailand

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