Smart scanners at Dubai airports to screen luggage in 3 minutes

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The smart inspection system shows the exact contents of the baggage and the passengers’ bags need not be manually opened at all.

By Ahmed Shaaban/senior Reporter

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Published: Thu 19 Mar 2015, 2:05 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Feb 2023, 3:57 PM

(From left) Ahmed Shahdad, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem checking one of the smart baggage scanners at the Dubai International Airport. — Supplied photo

Dubai - Passengers at the Dubai International Airports need not worry about queuing to get their luggage scanned with the invention of the new first-of-its-kind Smart Customs Inspection System. The whole inspection process will take not more than three minutes while thoroughly scanning all the details of the baggage contents and checking if any of its contents is dangerous or among the restricted items.


The smart inspection system shows you the exact contents of the baggage and the passengers’ bags need not be manually opened at all. It is an improvised and sophisticated form of X-ray to screen passenger luggage.

“The new system ensures privacy of inspection, as there is no need to open any bag or check its content. X-ray screens are installed to read the images of the contents inside the bag,” said Ahmed Abdullah bin Lahej, Director of Passenger Operations Department.


The pioneering system has been invented by a Dubai Customs employee Ahmed Shahdad, Inspection Manager at DXB Terminal -2, to expedite and secure inspection procedures at the Dubai Airports that is expected to receive 126 million passengers by 2020.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, who launched the Smart Customs Inspection System on Wednesday morning said: “The integrated multi-function system identifies and assesses risk level and recommends the safety level for manual inspection, let alone the timing needed and operator’s details.”

The system also generates an inspection-end statement, whether positive or negative, recording the number of bags manually inspected, analysing peak times for manual inspection and creating a passenger database, he added.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director of Dubai Customs, said the new smart customs inspection system will soon join field operations in all Dubai airports.

“The system has a spontaneous satisfaction measurement function, in line with the ‘Happiness Indicator’ initiative launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, back in October 2014,” Musabih said.

“While 70 million passengers travelled through the Dubai International Airport last year - 6.1 percent up from 2013, manual inspection was difficult and took much time of both inspectors and passengers, added Bin Lahej.

The system inventor Ahmed Shahdad said he had been thinking of a way out to ease arrival and departure procedures at the Dubai airports all along his over 15 years of experience.

“It took me two years to turn the dream into a reality, during which I faced many difficulties, but with persistence and the management’s encouragement, I made it.”

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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