The Federal Airports of Nigeria has ordered for scanners to speed up passenger facilitation at the airports airports.
FAAN’s acting general manager, corporate affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu who disclosed this in an interview said when the scanners are delivered passengers would not have to spend much time at the screening points.
“FAAN has ordered for more scanners to ease passenger facilitation at the airports. This is in conformity with the executive order issued by the federal government.
“These scanners will take care of everybody. You know what we have now are the monitors. It is because FAAN wanted to comply with the executive order. So, we used what we have on the ground to start the implementation. Whatever lapses are noticed now will be taken care of when we take delivery of the scanners.
“The executive is not specifically for the Murtala Mohammed International Airport. We are going to carry it out in other airports,” she said.
She said the checking tables at the international wing of the airport had been collapsed into one.
“We no longer have different checking tables at our airports. We started implementation of the executive order last Monday; we have collapsed all the different desks at the airport into one. If you go to MMIA at the screening section, you will find that FAAN aviation security (AVSEC), quarantine and a few other security agencies are there. All of them are there now to check passengers’ luggage. We don’t have customs, quarantine and others separate but have collapsed all of them into one,” she said.
However, she said manual checks could not be completely done away with arguing that some countries do 20 per cent manual screening while some others do 10 per cent.
“Where you suspect anything, you can check manually; where there is need for a luggage to be checked manually, it has to be done in the baggage hall, but not in public,” she added.