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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced that it has installed seven new X-ray scanning machines at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. The General Manager, Corporate Communications, Yakubu Datti, made this known at a news conference. He said, “Five of the equipment were installed at the cargo basement of the international terminal. One was installed at the Hajj and Cargo terminal and another at the airport’s domestic terminal 1. This is in addition to existing security equipment at the airport. “We will take further steps to improve safety and security at the airports by installing additional and more modern security equipment. This is in line with the ongoing transformation in the aviation sector,’’ he said. The new scanning machines would be installed in other airports across the country. “The machines included cargo screening machines, carry-on screening machines, hand-held metal detectors, 3-D body scanners, hold baggage screening machines and walk-through metal detectors. The scanners would help to ensure increased security surveillance of outgoing baggage destined for aircraft bulk hold.” “This is in addition to the CCTV cameras installed within the airports that will ensure that illegal or unapproved luggage is not loaded onto the aircraft,” he said.

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This article was first published on 11th September 2013

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