SEPANG, 22 Sept 2018:
By second half of next year, flight passengers can breathe a sigh of relief as there will be no more physical body search at KL International Aiport (KLIA) and probably at klia2 too.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said this would be made possible with the use of the new and upgraded xray machines scanners for passengers, which will be put in place by the Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).
“So, there will be no touching. By second half of next year, airport security officers will no longer have to conduct physical body search on flight passengers,” he said after officiating the ground-breaking ceremony for klia2 dedicated processing centre at the airport here yesterday.
Loke said many people were not comfortable having to undergo body searches at the airport, but such a procedure was part of the security protocols.
“Even as a minister, when I pass through any gate here (at the airport), I have to be body-searched as well. But there will be new machines and new facilities to upgrade the airport service.”
On the klia2 dedicated processing centre, Loke said crews of all airlines operating at klia2 would need only 10 minutes to reach the boarding gates – when they can bypass the terminal building after the centre for departing airline crew is completed by mid-2019.
The RM2.7 million centre, which will be built by MAHB, will have three immigration counters and one customs counter and will be manned by additional resources by the relevant agencies, as well as aviation security officers from MAHB.
Meanwhile, MAHB in a statement said, as at August this year, KLIA had registered 40 million passengers for both terminals with klia2 registering 21.3 million passengers, which is a 7.8% increase from the same period last year.