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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How Dubai Custom Know What's Inside Your Luggage

Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates is considered to be one of the busiest airports on the planet. With 140,000 passengers every day and more than 3,000 flights a day, have you ever wonder how Dubai Customs or airport security works to ensure smooth, secure and fast travel for all its passengers?  Khaleej Times reported that Dubai airport caters around 12 million passengers in the first six months of this year checking about 18 million bags from 39,000 flights.  With the security of everybody is the utmost concern, Dubai Customs mainly uses this three super high-technology in the airport to know what's inside your bag.

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Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates is considered to be one of the busiest airports on the planet. With 140,000 passengers every day and more than 3,000 flights a day, have you ever wonder how Dubai Customs or airport security works to ensure smooth, secure and fast travel for all its passengers?

Khaleej Times reported that Dubai airport caters around 12 million passengers in the first six months of this year checking about 18 million bags from 39,000 flights.

With the security of everybody is the utmost concern, Dubai Customs mainly uses this three super high-technology in the airport to know what's inside your bag.


Read: 10 Things You Must Never Do in UAE to Avoid Fines, Deportation, Jail Term and Even Death Penalty
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First - The most advanced custom inspection system in the world - The Smart Table.
A table that 'sees through' luggage
It allows customs officers at the airport to pinpoint suspicious areas of luggage, rather than have a traveler open his or her entire suitcase.

What does the Smart Table Do?

  • Check your bags for three-minutes maximum time
  • Identify suspected items inside your luggage without manually opening it.
There's a built-in screen on each side of the smart inspection system, which helps passengers view their rights and duties and see how the inspection procedure works. 

Another feature of the smart system includes its capability to register the passenger’s document in less than five seconds through a scanner fitted in the device.

The smart table aims to increase efficiency, cut down on manual inspection time and swiftly bust illegal items.



Read: New Baggage Rules at Dubai Airport Starting March 8, 2017

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Second, the Al Kashif - This is a modified golf cart used by Dubai Customs to foil drug smuggling attempts.

The cart, named ‘Al Kashif’, is equipped with 16 devices, making it capable of detecting various narcotics, inflammable and radioactive materials, and explosives. The eco-friendly golf buggy can also analyze medication samples in seven minutes.

Al Kashif, which is the first of its kind around the world, contains a security camera, monitor, wireless devices, fire extinguisher, iPad, a document verification device, Ion scan, helmet, and a cage for a Customs dog. It may be used as a mobile power generator for seven hours. It may also be used for external inspection by simply adding a solar panel, making it 100 per cent eco-friendly. 


Third - The CCTV Cameras - Considered to be Dubai's Custom third eye in the airport.

Dubai International Airport has a comprehensive network of closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV). It also uses biometric scanners to verify the identity of visa holders. In just one room Dubai Customs can monitor all part of the airport, including machines, number of gates, the flow of the passengers, operations, etc..


Read: First Time to Travel in the UAE? Never Ever Do This With Your Passport


With this, Dubai Custom remind passengers with the most common detained items that include the following;

  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Narcotics 
  • CITES Related Items
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)
  • Knife
  • Fighting equipment
  • Medicines that are not allowed in Dubai
  • Paan - consists of chewing betel leaf (Piper betel) combined with the areca nut.
The following are banned items;
  • All kinds of narcotic drugs
  • Printed Publication
  • Photographs which contradict Islamic teachings
  • Crude ivory
  • Rhinoceros horn
  • Gambling tools and machinery

(Flying to Dubai? Here's a Passenger Customs Guide)

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