The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has installed an advanced security system at the International terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos.
Mr Yakubu Dati, FAAN’s general manager of public affairs, disclosed this to newsmen at the MMIA on Monday in Lagos.
Dati said that the system was known as the Advance Threat Identification X-Ray (aTiX), adding that it consisted of explosives trace detectors and a high performance walkthrough metal detector.
He said that the deployment of the new system was part of a large-scale upgrade of the MMIA’s entire security measures.
Dati said that the systems were located at nine different passenger checkpoints in the newly-expanded D and E departure halls of the terminal.
“These systems are 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 in real time with the lowest rate of false alarms.
“Another advantage of it is the ability to capture multiple views of hand luggage in a single pass, high speed image resolution, reduced inspection and an improved passenger experience,” he said.
The general manager noted that the installation of the facility was a major boost to the airport safety and security rating and also to passenger confidence.