Government of Pakistan has successfully installed full body scanners at major international airports in the country. Aamer Mehmood Kiani, federal minister for National Health Services revealed in a media talk that modern scanners have been installed at Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar airports.
The minister visited Islamabad airport to check newly installed scanners. He further reiterated that full body scanners will also be installed across all entry points to the country aiming to prevent cross-border transmission of diseases.
Besides being used as means of controlling infectious diseases, full body scanners will also become helpful to prevent money laundering attempts and carrying any contraband item possibly hidden under the clothes of a suspected passenger.
Not to mention that full body scanners are different from the regular X-Ray machines installed at airports and considered less harmful. The equipment was acquired by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) whereas the Airport Security Force (ASF) will operate these scanners. Moreover, only suspected individuals will have to pass through the machine.
Kiani also said that along with full body scanners, quarantine and isolation facilities will also be set up at all airports. He revealed that the government has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China to control the cross-border epidemic ailments.
The minister also announced that a website aimed at spreading awareness among the passengers about health-related issues in international travel is in the offing.