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  • Updated: Jun 28, 2020

Nigeria Acquires Profiling Robots For Airport As FG Proposes Passenger Charges Hike

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In order to profile airport passengers and check for security threats at the airport, the Federal Government has acquired Profiling Robots. AllNews learnt that the Profiling Robots, which is currently in a test phase, will be used at the Departure Hall of airports in Nigeria.

The test run of the Profiling Robots was carried out at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, “It can be programmed to identify unwanted items and check temperature. It is interactive and can lead or direct passengers,” a statement shared by government-run media, NTA, disclosed.

Essence Of The Profiling Robots

The Profiling Robots will conduct passenger facilitation processes such as check-ins, temperature checks, and check for security threats of dangerous goods and arms. It was learnt that if the Profiling Robots activities are pleasing, the Robots will be distributed across international airports within the country. 

Acquisition of the Profiling Robots comes at a period the government is considering reopening the airport after close to four months shut down due to the outbreak of Coronavirus globally. Coronavirus had compelled countries, including Nigeria, to shut their land, water and air borders, to prevent further spread of the virus.

The Profiling Robots is expected to play a crucial role when the airports are reopened, although, there's no timeframe for the reopening yet. Meanwhile, the continuous closure of the airport is affecting Nigeria's foreign reserves, and this is one of the major factor compelling the Nigerian government to reopen the airports to increase forex.

Air Passengers Likely To Start Paying More To Fly

Nigerians might resume to an expensive flight price as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is requesting for the increase of passenger service charge. According to the prices seen by AllNews, the passenger service charge will double more than it did in 2011 when the current price was reviewed.

Although, the price hike is still a proposal, the FAAN managing director, Rabiu Yadudu, is already soliciting for the support of airline companies to ensure the implementation of the new passenger service charge that is being proposed, a letter issued on June 22, 2020, revealed.

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