Full-body scanners ready for use in NAIA terminals

By Raoul Esperas

Posted at Aug 07 2015 07:01 PM | Updated as of Aug 08 2015 03:01 AM

MANILA - As the rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 nears completion, new full-body scanners have been installed and are now ready for use by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

In an interview with ABS-CBN, Jose Mari Castaneda, president of the Defense Protection System Inc. (DPSI), said 14 units of Smiths full-body scanner purchased by the MIAA have been installed in NAIA Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Castaneda said the airports in Metro Manila are now equipped with a modern unit that can detect any foreign object carried by individuals underneath their clothing.

He said the installation of the P12-million full-body scanners will shorten the long queues of people passing through the security check.

During a demonstration, it was shown that any object carried by an individual, after a 360-degree turn within the millimeter wave zone, would be marked as a subject of search.

The millimeter wave produced by the machine is not harmful to people, unlike the old type of full-body X-ray which is harmful to the operator and the people passing through it.

Castaneda said no private parts will be seen in this unit, and the millimeter wave can only detect skin-deep, thus is not harmful to human health.

According to Castaneda, of the 14 units, 3 units were installed at Terminal 1, 5 units at Terminals 2 and 3, and 1 unit at Terminal 4.