The Centre-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) is yet to procure and install a single body scanner for its 100-plus airports across the country, government officials said.
Aviation security regulator BCAS had in April 2019 directed 84 hypersensitive and sensitive airports across the country to install body scanners by March 2020, replacing existing door frame metal detectors, hand-held scanners and pat-down searches of passengers to detect metallic objects.
“Walk-through metal detectors and hand-held metal detectors cannot detect non-metallic weapons and explosives. Body scanners detect both metallic and non-metallic items concealed on the body,” the circular of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) had said.
Following the BCAS circular, the AAI had in 2020 issued a tender to procure 198 body scanners for 63 airports, officials told PTI.
Three companies had put in their bids, but the tender was later cancelled, they stated.