, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 16 – Kenya Airways has received an Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) machine from the United Kingdom as part of on-going co-operation between Kenya and the UK in combating terrorism.
The Sh3.65 million ETD machine was handed over by the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Christian Turner on Tuesday to KQ Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze.
The machine will assist in further broadening aviation security detection capability at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and provides Kenya with the latest technology to detect explosives on passengers and on their baggage, with detection of a broad range of explosives in less than 10 seconds.
The ETD machine will be installed at Kenya Airways’ hub facilities at JKIA in Nairobi and will improve the security screening of passengers, baggage and on board consumables.
Speaking when he received the equipment, Ngunze expressed the airline’s gratitude for the donation, adding that the gesture would significantly boost the airline’s security capability to detect and deter emerging threats.
“Safety and security of our guests and our people remains a key area of focus for us as an airline. Indeed emerging security threats remain an issue of global concern. We are grateful to the British High Commission for this donation. It is through joint efforts that we will be able to conquer these threats,” Ngunze added.
Also speaking at the handover, Turner said that terrorism is a global issue and the UK government is keen to continue its close working relationship with Kenya in order to strengthen the existing aviation security regime and work together to tackle the terrorist threat.
He said that the UK Government has and continues to offer various levels of assistance to key aviation security stakeholders in Kenya, including the Kenya Airports Authority – who received ‘Improvised Explosive Device’ training kits in September – and the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (who, along with the KAA, sent ‘Compliance Inspectors’ to the UK last month for training).
Other security arrangements put in place by Kenya Airways include full body scanners that are capable of detecting non-metal items under clothing unlike walk through metal detectors.
The move comes as the country is battling continued terror attacks from the Somali based militia Group Al Shabaab.