Sunday, November 06, 2016

Can’t blame us for Fatah’s bag fiasco, says CISF

New Delhi:  Holding back check-in bags of Canadian national Tarek Fatah at Delhi Airport on Friday has left the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) fuming as the airline the Pakistani origin writer took to fly Goa had said this happened due to the CISF.
Fatah's check-in bags had been held back at IGI Airport for advanced security checks due to which they could not make it to the Vistara flight he was taking to Goa. The airline had said that CISF had decided to do additional checks on the bags and told Fatah that the same would be sent to Goa by a later flight. Fatah took the flight he was booked on and the bags were sent by the next Delhi-Goa Vistara flight on Friday.
The CISF has taken umbrage to this claim of Vistara. "A national airline should know that CISF is not responsible for screening check-in bags. That job is done by the Delhi Airport security staff. We screen hand bags. Blaming us for a passenger not getting his bag shows the ignorance of the airline," said a senior CISF official.
"If the check-in bag screening team feels that a bag has to undergo advanced screening, then the bags are opened in front of the passenger. Our job, in such a scenario, is to escort the passenger to the screening room to ensure that he or she does not misbehave or get violent when being taken there," said the official.
06/11/16 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India