Stamping of hand baggage to be done away with at 7 airports

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In a bid to improve passenger experience at the airports, security stamp on hand baggage tags have been done away with at seven airports – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Cochin.

This decision was taken by the Civil Aviation Ministry on Friday but CISF, which secures most of the airports, has said it will not be able to follow the directive immediately.

After the ministry circular was out, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said, “We expect considerable improvement in security check time and passenger experience with this change”.

In a circular, civil aviation security regulator BCAS said the system of putting security stamp on hand baggage tags would be immediately done away with at the named airports.

However, officials at CISF, which secures most of the airports, said the force may not be able to undertake the directive on an “immediate basis”.

“A trial run was conducted by the CISF at few airports to see if hand baggage tags could be done away with. The trial was found to be successful but a feedback was drawn which required deployment of requisite security gadgets, CCTVs and smart cameras in the airports terminal before such an initiative can take off…Such infrastructure deployment is yet not complete at many airports, including some large ones,” a senior CISF official said.

While BCAS said the circular would be effective immediately, CISF officials said that during a meeting of aviation regulators, airport operators and the CISF, it was decided that such measures should be deployed by March 31 so that all airports can be brought under the new initiative.

Last year, the authorities had started trial run which was successfully conducted in two phases after putting in place the requisite surveillance and monitoring system.

(With inputs from PTI)