ISLAMABAD: In preparation for the upcoming Hajj operations in 2024, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in Pakistan is set to install the latest luggage-checking machines at airports.
The move aims to enhance security measures and ensure thorough checks of passengers traveling to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage.
State-of-the-art machines will be imported from Saudi Arabia to be used at Pakistani airports for scanning the luggage of individuals embarking on the Hajj pilgrimage.
The new machines are expected to be handed over to the Air Security Force (ASF) in February 2024, aligning with the preparations for the upcoming Hajj operations.
The sources indicate that the older baggage machines at airports will be gradually replaced by the advanced luggage-checking machines.
In a related context, the Director General of Civil Aviation previously disclosed that even the latest machines installed at Pakistani airports cannot detect certain drugs, such as ice (Crystal methamphetamine).
As part of its commitment to ensuring the safety and security of passengers, especially during significant events like Hajj, the CAA is proactively upgrading its technology by incorporating advanced luggage-checking machines. The move is aimed at maintaining a high level of security and meeting the specific requirements of Hajj operations.