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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Customs installs modern scanners in key airports

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THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) has installed state-of-the-art scanning machines at key international airports that can check out baggage containing large electronics and liquids, including bombs with minimal human intervention, thus expediting the screening process and enhancing public safety.

The new machines, called Rapiscan 920CT (Computed Tomography) and the Tek84 Intercept body scanner, is a “testament to the BOC’s commitment to improve the detection of illicit items to ensure passengers’ safety.”

In a statement, the BOC said that the  Rapiscan 920CT X-ray machine employs “cutting-edge technology to identify explosives and other hazardous materials,” adding that “one of its notable features is the ability to scan baggage containing illicit items such as electronic and liquid explosives.”

Customs chief Bienvenido Rubio said the integration of the Rapiscan Systems’ Tray Return System will  enhance  airport security and operational efficiency by accelerating passenger checks and minimizing delays.

On the other hand, the Tek84 Intercept body scanner offers comprehensive detection capabilities, identifying metallic and non-metallic threats, including weapons, drugs, and hidden contraband.

The Tek84 Intercept body scanners have been successfully installed at NAIA Terminals 1 and 3 and at the Mactan International Airport.

Rubio said the BOC plans to deploy more X-ray and scanning machines in other international airports in the country, demonstrating the agency’s continuing commitment to improve airport security.

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