Vietnam to Install Narcotics Scanners at Airports

Vietnam will install narcotics scanners at its biggest international airports amid recent detection of passengers transporting drugs by air, according to local newspaper Transport on Wednesday.

From the third quarter, all passengers at Vietnam's biggest international airport, Tan Son Nhat in southern Ho Chi Minh City, will be subject to narcotics scanning. Meanwhile, the Noi Bai international airport in Hanoi capital will use the scanners on only suspected passengers.

Using such equipment as baggage scanners, magnetic gates and liquid explosive detectors, Vietnam's aviation security forces find it very difficult to detect narcotics hidden in passengers' luggage or body. However, they have already discovered some cases of transporting drugs by air, mainly on routes from Ho Chi Minh City to Australia, said the report.

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