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Border X-ray boost

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, July 04, 2013

BORDER security received a boost yesterday with the introduction of four new X-ray machines at the Nadi International Airport.

Valued at $750,000, the machines were commissioned by Acting Minister for Defence and Minister for Works Colonel Timoci Natuva.

He described the state-of-the-art technology as "a new and upgraded line of defence against the importation of contraband and illegal items into Fiji".

"These international instruments call for better systems for the safety and security of the travelling public," he said.

"We are here to commission the updated inbound baggage screening system — another measure which indicates the government's commitment to protect our borders."

Officers from the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority and Airports Fiji Limited have been trained to monitor luggage that enter the country.

AFL aviation security and telecom services manager Elaisa Moagrava said the new systems would strengthen the security capacity of each border security department.

"In terms of security, we can say we will have a better chance of detecting even very tiny amounts of narcotics that may be stored in envelopes," Mr Moagrava said.

"Our officers are trained to monitor the system and the various numbers of indicators that it will display when a luggage is being run through the system.

"For example, clothes have their own colour and also drugs, food items and animals even.

A memorandum of understanding was signed by FRCA CEO Jitoko TIkolevu, acting BAF CEO Waisiki Gonemaituba and AFL CEO Naushad Ali yesterday. The three border security agencies will use the three systems.