In – line remote screening to be installed at TVM airport to detect banned items in baggage

More than thirty bags are opened and checked on a daily basis at the airport. Photo: iStock/anyaberkut

Thiruvananthapuram: Facilities would be arranged at the international airport here in order to prevent the passengers from carrying banned items in their cabin and check-in baggages. The in–line remote baggage screening technology could effectively detect the banned items in the baggage.

The passengers wouldn’t be allowed to carry the items that are thus detected. Banned substances were detected in around 1012 baggage in April alone. Meanwhile, in May, it rose to 1201. In June, the authorities removed 1135 banned items from the passengers’ bags. More than thirty bags are opened and checked on a daily basis at the airport.

Banned items
The list of banned items comprises inflammable objects like lighter, matches, e–cigarette, insect repellents, poisons, camphor, bags with built-in batteries, chlorine, spray paint, pepper spray, firecracker, compressed gas cylinder, turpentine and paint thinner, satellite phone (with no permission from BSNL, home ministry or telecom department), lighter fluid, GPS tracker, charcoal, manure, gun powder, spillable battery, and liquid oxygen.

Items allowed in cabin baggage
Mobile phones, laptops, drones (only nano and micro drones) power banks, mobile batteries, and lithium–ion batteries are allowed.

Check-in baggage
Martial arts weapons, switched-off laptops, powdered spices, pickles, fuel containers (without any content), tools, toy guns, sharp objects, pistols (as per the safety guidelines of the Bureau of civil aviation), rope and luggage chains, oil (up to 5 litre), thermometer (only 1) and coconuts are allowed in check-in baggage. 

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