Wed, Mar 06, 2002 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan's airports upgrade their security equipment


Taiwan's airports recently phased out old security-inspection equipment and replaced it with upgraded equipment to bolster air-traffic security, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said yesterday.

CAA officials said the new equipment includes 16 X-ray machines for inspecting carry-on luggage, 31 X-ray machines for check-in baggage and 50 new metal detector gates.

The security equipment has improved functions, the officials said, adding that the X-ray machines are able to target explosives, drugs, guns and ammunition, as well as having the ability to detect flammable liquids and copper wire as thin as a human hair.

They said the new metal detectors can display the location on the body of a passenger where metal has been detected, allowing security personnel to more quickly make checks and thereby speeding up the process.

The new security-inspection equipment has been installed at the Sungshan Airport in Taipei and the Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, as well as at airports in Kaohsiung, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, Pingtung, Taitung, and Hualien.

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