Scanning system at Dhaka airport poor: UK report

The scanning systems of passengers, luggage and cargos at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka marked poor, according to a report of the UK Department of Transport.

The assessment was undertaken by aviation security expert of United Kingdom and the regional aviation security liaison officer for Bangladesh on December 15 last year.

According to finding of the report, the HSIA has failed to meet required security standards in 75 percent observations, while succeeded in maintaining that in 25 percent observations.

The report said that there was ineffective access control to the terminal building and poor management of queues resulting in large numbers of people presenting a potential target for landside attack.

It also said that that the passenger and staff screening process at the terminal was ineffective with the screener not duly focusing on the task.

Describing the body searches as consistently poor, the report mentioned that poor standards of screening of passengers and cabin bags were observed at the gate room’s central search area during the period.

The report said that the protective security measures were taken around the airport.

It said that access to the terminal building was always effectively controlled, while staff were screened using the same security process as passengers undergo.

Commanding officer of airport armed police said that Rashedul Islam Khan said that they have carried out duties efficiently and effectively since the deployment of AAP in June 2010.

‘AAP is responsible for ensuring the airport security but passenger and cargo scanning are not our duties,’ he said.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon  said that the government has taken various measures to ensure security as well as strengthen the screening system following the report of the UK’s Department for Transport.

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