Saturday, February 09, 2013

Ill-equipped to handle security, Indian airports sit on a ticking bomb

New Delhi: In a development that has serious portent for aviation security in India, almost three-fourths of airline and CISF personnel flunked a basic test conducted by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) last month.
The Basic Aviation Security Course, organised by BCAS between January 8 and 21 in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, saw 248 of the 353 people or over 70%, failing in it.
Only 105 passed, but that too with a majority of them just getting above the pass marks, the data showed.
Successful completion of the course enables the candidate to be eligible for posting on security duties at an airport. The duties include securing the entry and exit gates, handling online baggage checking system, conducting X-Ray of handheld baggage, frisking and manning the boarding gates.
10/02/13 PTI/Daily News & Analysis