IR Scan @ Muscat Airport

25 05 2009

So, we have IR scanners at our airport. I knew that  there was ‘increased security’ and that ‘it takes longer to exit’ after departing the plane, but, as usual, details on what was happening were scarce. Now, KT has this suitably small news.

MUSCAT — Oman’s health authorities have advised citizens and residents visiting swine flu affected countries to exercise caution, such as washing hands frequently and avoiding congested places.

IR camera in the UK

An IR camera in the UK

The Health Ministry also said no cases of the H1N1 virus had been detected in the country. It added precautionary steps adopted by the Sultanate included installing thermal scanners at the Muscat International Airport.

The infrared scanners, which became operational last week, is set at 38 degree Celsius and records body temperatures of passengers as they enter the arrival lounge. Rashid bin Hamdan Al Hajri, Director of the Medical Technology Department at the ministry explained: “If a passenger’s body emits a temperature of more than 38 degrees, the scanner will show his image in red and set off an alarm.

The passenger will then be examined  at the airport, and if necessary, transferred to a hospital.

I like how such matters are thought of, planned, decided and implmented with minimum of fuss and hoopla that surrounds the same activities where citizen rights are a concern. No petitions, no discussions, no pointless to-and-fro. A very simple case of “Swine flu causes fever – fever is observed by body tempurature – it is detectable by IR camera – buy and install them”, and that’s it!

So, naturally, I wonder what the camera’s output is. Is it focused on the target’s head? Is it a body scan? Are there separate cameras for men and women? Is the output being seen separately by men officers and women officers? ‘Coz there is variety out there. There are sophisticated scanners and really neat ones that give some rad outputs (kinda nsfw).

But I don’t know, coz I haven’t been to the airport in, ahhh, a couple of months now. If I had, I would’ve managed to sneak a peek behind the counter. I even once got to see the whole thingy, as there was a foam shooter thingy that was nagging the dude and so he called me and showed me the X-ray display and asked me what that was. Since my usual eloquence was unable to convince him, he had the bag opened for a visual inspection, allowing me stand there all the time and gawk at the x-ray scanner… yiippee!! =)


Oye, I’ll jum…..AAaaahhhhh!!!

25 05 2009

Hahha! One of those news items which divides the discussions wherein the participants immediately take one of the two available sides and a good talk ensues. Some people go, “ROFL! Cool move dude” and others go “Tch Tch, he shouldn’t have”.

The problem is, both are right.

In China, Chen got involved in a construction project, accrued some 2 mill yuan in debt, climbed the bridge and contemplated suicide. But like the weakling he was (is) insted of doing it properly without any fuss, he just sat there, got the authorities alerted, traffic blocked and generally made a ruckus (and a fool of himself).

Lai, who is 66 years old, and I believe has a lot of common sense, volunteered to ‘negotiate’ with Chen and get him down. Police refused but Lei got to Chen anyway.

Lai met Chen, greeted him, shook his hand and pushed the idiot off the ledge… all the way down… 26 feet… onto an emergency inflatable mattress.

Lai was later released on bail. ‘It is said’ he was on medication and was going to get his pills when he was pissed off by the blocked traffic on the bridge and solved the problem, instead of avoiding it.

Chen, is still in jail, and is unable to decide what to do next as he has added one more thing to his list of failures –  he can’t even commit suicide properly!!