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NAIA terminals get new full body scanners

High-tech full body scanners are the newest security features at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. This report shows us how the scanner works.

(CNN Philippines) — Uncomfortable with security frisks at the airport? Worry no more.

New full body scanners at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) would soon require less frisking for passengers at the airport.

The 14 eqo portal systems procured by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) last year are set to be delivered in June, a media release said Tuesday (May 12).

The scanners use millimeter-wave technology which could detect ceramics, liquids, metals, narcotics, and explosives. The 26 walk-through detectors currently used at the airport could only detect metal.

Using this technology, concealed items could be detected even without frisking.

It also uses a low-frequency radiation, which is safer, the MIAA said.

The MIAA assured passengers that their privacy won’t be invaded as the machine will show only the outline of the body.

The scanner will be used at the final security screening checkpoints (FSCP) of each terminal with three units at Terminal 1, five units each at Terminals 2 and 3, and one unit at Terminal 4.

MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado said that NAIA has too keep abreast with the latest technology to ensure security and safeguard passengers.

The contract for the project was awarded to Defense & Protection System (Phil), Inc. in November 2014 for a bid of more than P149 million.

The portals were produced by sensor manufacturer Smiths Detection.

Source: CNN Philippines

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