The Ghana Airports Company Limited inaugurated an L3 Provision 2 body scanning equipment and nine explosives and narcotics trace detectors on Tuesday, 23 March 2021 at the Kotoka International Airport.
The new aviation screening machines were presented by the United States of America Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie S. Sullivan to the Minister of Transportation Kwaku Ofori Asiamah and the Chief Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Ambassador Martha Pobee. Present for the occasion were the Director-General of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority(GCAA) Charles Kraikue and Managing Director of Ghana Airports Company Limited(GACL) Yaw Kwakwa.
In her remarks, Ambassador Sullivan highlighted that the growth of the aviation sector in Ghana has increased the importance of aviation security, screening, and information sharing, noting that, “The airport security training and equipment program underscores the robust security cooperation between the United States and Ghana.”
The event took place at the passenger checkpoint of the departure terminal at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) Terminal 3. In addition to the state-of-the-art screening technology, the U.S. government has committed to deliver best practices in airport security management and related operator training for the donated equipment.
The L3 Provision 2 screening system enhances security at any checkpoint by delivering the same robust detection, high-throughput, image-free privacy, and safety. The passenger experience with the ProVision 2 security body scanner is convenient, straightforward and efficient, requiring only a single stationary position during a 1.5-second scan. The system does all the work for the customer and requires no special movements or motions. Advanced software processes scanned data and automatically determines if the individual can be cleared through the checkpoint.
The Minister of Transportation, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah said that "the equipment will also assist to erase all aviation link vulnerabilities and ease the pressure by ensuring that security personnel can safely and efficiently detect whether passengers and staff are transporting unwanted objects into the boarding gate area". It will also replace physical hand searches as well.
The equipment grant was implemented by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA), in coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration.
The ATA program provides support for the Aviation Security Enhancement Program (ASEP) in Ghana in close coordination with the Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT) and U.S. Embassy Accra.