The Nigerian Federal Government is set to use robots in the screening of air passengers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
This was disclosed during the unveiling of the robots on Saturday in a simulation exercise preparatory for the planned reopening of the Nigerian airspace.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, stated that intending passengers on international flights may have to be at the airport five hours before their flight’s takeoff.
According to the minister, the exercise is to prevent further spread of COVID-19 into Nigeria.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) conducted simulation exercise at the Abuja airport to test all the protocols designed to contain the spread of COVID-19 ahead of flight resumption.
Credible sources say, the machines would also be used to clean surfaces at the airports, while the interactive gadgets would be used to check the temperature of passengers and identify them on arrival at the airport.
The machines in addition to surface cleaning capacity at the airport can be programmed to identify unwanted items.
The Aviation boss while speaking after the simulation exercise noted that intending passengers on international flights may have to be at the airport five hours before their flight’s takeoff.