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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has deployed modern and sophisticated security machines, known as Advance Threat Identification X-Ray (ATIX), at the international terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
The explosive detector has high performance walkthrough metal detector, capable of checking passengers and their hand luggage for explosives, illegal weapons, contraband, narcotics and related items.
The security system is located at nine different passenger checkpoints in the newly expanded “D” and “E” departures halls of the terminal.
A statement signed by the General Manager, Communications, FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said the deployment of the new system is part of a large-scale upgrade of MMIA entire security measures.
Dati said the system consisted of explosives trace detector and high performance walkthrough metal detector to check passengers and their hand luggage for explosives, illegal weapons, contraband, narcotics and related items thereby enabling safer air travel.
“A major difference from the currently used system is the ability to detect explosive materials and potential threat items real time with the lowest rate of false alarms. Other advantages of the new system include the ability to capture multiple views of hand luggage in a single pass, high speed image resolution, reduced inspection, and improved passenger experience. This is not only a major boost to MMIA safety and security rating but also to passenger confidence,” Dati said.
Dati also disclosed the Murtala Muhammed Airport, is the first in the country to switch to the Advance Security System, adding that airports across the country would be expected to key-in to the new system soon.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has denied authorising any domestic airline to increase air fares and urged passengers to ignore such information, describing it as misleading.
The General Manager, Public Affairs, NCAA, Fan Ndubuoke, made this known yesterday in a statement and urged passengers to stop patronising touts at the airports, alleging that the touts who operate illegally at the airports pad the fares and deceive travellers.
Ndubuoke also said airlines cannot increase fares without clarifying from the regulatory body and any of such increase without NCAA’a approval “is null and void." He said such an action would attract sanctions from the regulatory body.
NCAA also advised intending passengers to use the option of online booking, direct counter purchase among others for their traveling tickets ahead of time for their scheduled travel.