AAI Cancels Tender for Full Body Scanners, Delaying Implementation at Indian Airports

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The Airports Authority of India has withdrawn its tender to procure 131 full body scanners for Indian airports due to issues with a clause from the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management. The withdrawal of the tender may result in a further delay in the installation of full body scanners at Indian airports.

According to an official familiar with the matter, the AAI needs to resolve an issue related to a clause from DIPAM, and therefore, the tender had to be withdrawn. However, the AAI is confident that they will be able to float a new tender for full body scanners in the near future.

This is not the first time that the AAI has faced challenges with the procurement of full body scanners. In recent years back, following a circular from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the AAI had issued a tender to buy 198 body scanners for 63 airports. But, the DIPAM rejected the tender proposal and issued only 98 body scanners, leading to the cancellation of the tender.

It is worth noting that even after the installation of full body scanners, the current door-frame detectors will continue to be used for passengers who use wheelchairs or are unable to pass through the full body scanners for physical reasons, as per officials’ statements.

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