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BOC Enhances Airport Security with Advanced Scanners

May 24, 2024

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has taken a significant step towards enhancing airport security by installing state-of-the-art scanning machines at key international airports. The deployment of the Rapiscan 920CT (Computed Tomography) and the Tek84 Intercept body scanner is a testament to the BOC’s commitment to improving the detection of illicit items, thereby ensuring passenger safety.

The Rapiscan 920CT X-ray machine employs cutting-edge technology to identify explosives and other hazardous materials. One of its notable features is the ability to scan baggage containing large electronics and liquids without requiring their removal, thereby expediting the screening process and increasing safety. The integration of the Rapiscan Systems’ Tray Return System further enhances airport security and operational efficiency by accelerating passenger checks and minimizing delays.

Complementing this, the Tek84 Intercept body scanner offers comprehensive detection capabilities, identifying metallic and non-metallic threats, including weapons, drugs, and hidden contraband. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration, this scanner can process up to 180 individuals per hour while ensuring safe social distancing. Additionally, it includes a thermal camera to detect potential health issues. It boasts a compact design requiring less than 6’x3′ of floor space, making it space-efficient and highly effective.

On May 17, 2024, Commissioner Bienvenido Y. Rubio, conducted a personal inspection of the newly installed Rapiscan 920CT at Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA). Furthermore, the Tek84 Intercept body scanners have been successfully installed at NAIA Terminals 1 and 3 and at MCIA. Commissioner Rubio’s hands-on approach to these upgrades underscores the BOC’s commitment to improving airport security.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is not resting on its laurels. The installation of Rapiscan 920CT scanners is currently underway at Clark International Airport (CIA) Terminal 2 and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 1 and 3. The BOC plans to deploy more X-ray and scanning machines in other international airports in the future, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to improving airport security.

These advancements are set to significantly enhance the BOC’s capability to secure the nation’s borders and prevent the entry of illegal items into the country. Commissioner Rubio highlighted the importance of these upgrades, stating, “We are continuously updating and enhancing our machines to meet international standards and fortify our border protection measures.”

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