Thursday, November 03, 2016

Airport security: CISF to beef up checks, seal abandoned

Security deployment in the country's civil airports will be beefed up and abandoned installations around these facilities will be sanitised as part of some new counter-terror measures being undertaken to enhance security measures at these locations by the CISF.

Officials said a host of airport security issues were discussed threadbare during a high-level meeting chaired by CISF Director General O P Singh with all his airport security commanders here yesterday.

The government has also recently underlined the requirement of security audit of nearly 100 civil airports, in the wake of growing threat of terror attacks, and it was proposed that all such facilities should be brought under the cover of Central Industrial Security Force gradually.

Officials said the CISF, along with other stakeholders vital for airports security, will also seek to deploy additional manpower and gadgets to check intrusion from the perimeter walls and towards the air side, where the tarmac is located for aircraft to take off and land.

They said the force will also enhance security deployment and maneuverability of its quick reaction teams on the city side, from where fliers get inside the airport. All the abandoned installations in the vicinity of these facilities will either sealed, demolished or security personnel deployed there.

Issues related to better training of CISF security personnel deployed at airports, enhancement of leadership skills of contingent commanders and seamless flow of command and communication will also be enhanced, they said.

While sources said airport security paraphernalia is a 'dynamic system' and no one solution fits all the cases, the element of promptness and secrecy on part of security agencies is the key and that is what is being looked into.
02/11/16 PTI/Business Standard