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Simplified baggage scan at Ho Chi Minh City airport reduces entry, exit time

Simplified baggage scan at Ho Chi Minh City airport reduces entry, exit time

Monday, December 07, 2015, 11:35 GMT+7

Simpler baggage scanning procedures carried out at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City since November 16 have helped passengers save more time when leaving or entering Vietnam.

The airport has received much positive feedback from passengers since the implementation of the new procedures, said Le Tuan Binh, deputy head of the airport’s customs department.

According to the old policy, passengers entering or leaving the country were required to have their carry-on checked at the customs area and then proceed to another where a baggage scan was carried out by airport security guards.

The two procedures have been merged into one in the simplified progression, thus reducing the time it takes passengers to finish the security screening, Binh said.

In the new combined area, airport security guards and customs officers will simultaneously conduct the baggage scanning procedures and deal with any possible violation in accordance with their authority.

However, passengers who leave Vietnam for Australia would have to go through an extra scan by airport security guards after having their passports checked, in which officers will perform visual inspection and metal detection at the boarding gate as specifically required by Australian authorities, Binh said.

The new formalities are considered objective as requests for further inspection from customs officers as well as airport security guards are made under the observation of other units, he added.

During the first three weeks of the new scanning steps, officers from the airport security and customs offices have been cooperative and effective when doing their jobs, Binh told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

However, the area designated for the new procedures is rather small, which has been taken into consideration to be enlarged in the time to come, he said.

Airport officials will be present at the screening area to solve any emerging problems and phone operators will work around the clock to answer passengers’ questions about the new procedures, the deputy head asserted.

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