BANGKOK, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Thai Customs Department said here on Friday that it will install 23 X-ray machines at Thailand's main international airport before the end of 2019.
Customs director-general Krisada Jinawijarana said the X-ray machine installation above the baggage carousels at Suvarnabhumi International Airport is aimed at improving the efficiency of security checks of luggage of inbound passengers and to prevent goods smuggling.
"The machines will help improve the security check of luggage transported from inbound planes before the passengers can claim them," Krisada said, "the X-ray machines will be switched on early next year."
Krisada said at present the Thai customs resorts to random check method by human staff, which results in smuggled goods being slipped through sometimes.
He also said that with the x-ray machines, customs officials can immediately see what is in the luggage and immediately prompt the passengers to pay the Customs duty before leaving the airport.
"The X-ray machines at Suvarnabhumi International Airport will not only help with tax collection, but also prevent the smuggling of sensitive goods into the country, such as agricultural products, palm oil, fuel oil and drugs," said Krisada.