FAAN Test-Runs Upgraded Safety Scanner At Lagos Airport
As part of efforts to boost safety and security at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport(MMA), Lagos, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has carried out a test-run on an upgraded baggage scanner machine that can detect explosives, narcotics and other prohibited items.
The Acting General Manager,Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu ,in an online statement said that the essence of upgrading the machine and test-running it isto boost safety and security programmes around the country’s airports.
Speaking on the development ,the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma, said his interest is to make sure airports are safe, secure, protect lives and provide machines of immense benefits to airlines and all our stakeholders.
He siad that the scanner is intended to complement the Executive Order recently approved by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and also assist the operations of other agencies at the airport and making them more efficient.
According to Dunoma, “Our intent is to deploy these scanners to our international airports but this depends on the outcome of its performance in Lagos.”
According to the supplier of the machine, Engr. Akin Mustaph,“This is an Astrophysics Baggage Scanner which is manufactured in California, USA. It will identify hidden threats in carry-on items and checked-in baggages at airports. It has high penetration steel and it can detect explosives and narcotics. It has six colour generation and that enables it to do a proper analysis of objects that go into it, better than others. It is highly reliable and very sensitive. In other airports around the world, they are taking away other machines and replacing them with this machine (Astrophysics) for upgrade and efficiency.”
He continued, “With Superior image quality and innovative features including Six Color Imaging for increased object identification and Screener Assist for automatic programmable detection, Astrophysics provides operators with the advanced tools required for quick and reliable airport screening.”
The Managing Director said that FAAN is committed to put all necessary measures in place in line with international aviation standards and recommended best practices to enhance safety and security at the airports.