INDIA: India looking at canine cargo screening

A lack of X-ray machines for cargo screening at India’s major airports, is resulting in delays of up to two days leading officials to study the use of a canine-based system developed by security solutions company ICTS Europe. Delhi International Airport, for example, has only eight cargo X-ray machines, but at least 20 more are […]


A lack of X-ray machines for cargo screening at India’s major airports, is resulting in delays of up to two days leading officials to study the use of a canine-based system developed by security solutions company ICTS Europe. Delhi International Airport, for example, has only eight cargo X-ray machines, but at least 20 more are needed, say officials according to Indian media reports. The system, RASCargO, is currently undergoing testing and utilises vapor samples collected by sucking air from cargo trucks or pallets through a specially designed filter. Each filter is placed on a stand that holds six filters as a trained dog sniffs each filter. The dogs are trained to detect minute traces of explosive vapor, drugs and contraband. All samples are analysed separately by two dogs, and any positive indications are resolved using alarm resolution protocols issued by the regulators. The technique, developed by a subsidiary of ICTS Europe and approved for air cargo screening in the UK and France, purportedly has a greater than 90 per cent detection rate. The screening method can be used on all cargo types including those difficult to screen using X-ray machines, like dense, cluttered, outsized and high-water-content cargo and it does not require breaking down cargo palates.