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New Delhi: A leak in a consignment of “sodium iodide class 7 category liquid” triggered panic at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here early Friday morning, a CISF officer said, adding the situation is under control.

“A consignment of sodium iodide class 7 category liquid reached the IGI Airport in Turkish Airlines around 4.35 a.m. As it was being moved to a secure place from where it had to be sent to Fortis Hospital, a leak was noticed,” a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officer told IANS on condition of anonymity.

He said though the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was informed, the situation was under control and there was no need to panic.

The officer said that Fortis Hospital procures the consignment of sodium iodide class 7 category liquid on a regular basis.

-IANS

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Seattle Airport To Introduce Facial-Recognition Technology For Travellers

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) will introduce facial-recognition technology

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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) will introduce facial-recognition technology for international travellers. Wikimedia Commons

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) in the US state of Washington will introduce facial-recognition technology for international travellers by the year end, a Seattle-based newspaper has reported.

Travellers of the US Delta Air Lines, Sea-Tac’s second-largest carrier, will be able to board a plane by scanning their faces at the airport to speed up the boarding process, after their faces match with their visa or passport photos stored in the database of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), The Seattle Times said.

The newspaper said Delta, which will become the first air carrier to adopt the new technology, is planning to use facial-recognition cameras to confirm international travellers’ identities at its Sea-Tac gates in late December 2019, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

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The Seattle Airport will be the first one in USA that will have a facial-recognition camera by the year end. Pixabay

Delta has installed facial-recognition cameras in six airports in the country, and insisted that the new technology was aimed to deliver better customer service “by eliminating the need to juggle luggage, passports and boarding passes.”

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The Seattle daily said a five-member commission will meet in mid-December to vote on principles concerning the use of facial recognition at Sea-Tac. (IANS)