The public was given an assurance by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) that the newly-installed full body scanners at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Authority (NAIA) Terminal 3 are absolutely safe and would not expose passengers to perilous radiation.
To show the use of low-frequency radiation, allowing safe use of the scanners for pregnant women and those with body implants, the authorities ran a demo of the new scanners first.
Also according to MIAA, the new scanners also make use of an advanced millimeter-wave technology that spots hidden objects on a person’s body, so standard security hopping will no longer be necessary.
Ceramics, liquids, metals, narcotics, and explosives can be sensed through the new body scanner.
A passenger going through the body scanner will simply have to turn 360 degrees inside its open booth, for the scanning procedure.
The passenger’s scan results will immediately be shown on the operator’s screen showing the location of hidden items. Passengers will then be demanded to remove items in question.
The MIAA, meanwhile, ensured privacy since the full body scanner has a mode that will present only the outline of a passenger’s body.
Meanwhile, privacy is ensured by the MIAA since the full body scanner has a mode that will only reveal the outline of a passenger’s body.
These full body scanners are positioned only at the Final Security Screening Checkpoints (FSCP) of each terminal. There were three units installed at Terminal 1, five units each at Terminal 2 and 3, and a unit at Terminal 4.
The scanners will boost the security, extending the 26 walk-through metal detectors also at the FSCP of the terminals.
The MIAA acquired 14 full body scanners last year that were delivered late in June and were installed last July 31.
It was in February 2013 when the bidding for this project began while it was in November 2014 when the contract was awarded to Defense & Protection System (Phil), Inc.
The amount of total bid was P149.55-million. — PNA
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