Delhi airport to relocate UV sanitization tunnels to baggage handling system

Delhi airport will relocate ultraviolet tunnels installed outside the departure terminal to sanitize passengers’ luggage amid the COVID-19 pandemic to the inline baggage handling system, its operator DIAL said on Thursday.

Once the new system is put in place, passengers will not have to queue up at the departure forecourt area and go through manual loading and unloading of baggage.

Before resumption of domestic passenger flights in May, the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) had installed eight UV tunnels outside the entry gates in the departure forecourt area of Terminal 3.

“Flyers used to sanitize their baggage before entering the terminal to board their flight. The decision to shift these UV tunnels was taken after passenger queues were observed during peak hours,” the GMR group-led DIAL said in a press statement.

“The DIAL has planned to relocate UV tunnels at the inline baggage handling system by the end of this month. As all departure luggage are routed through it, hence it will ensure sanitisation of all check-in baggage,” it said.

The flyers can directly go to the check-in counter, drop their baggage and the inline system will ensure their sanitisation automatically, the release said. All passenger flights are currently being operated from Delhi airport’s Terminal 3 due to less air traffic amid the pandemic.

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