Friday, March 03, 2017

Airport security: Stamping of hand baggage to continue

New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs has overruled a recent decision of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to stop security stamping of hand baggage because of non-availability of high-end gadgets to replace the process. The decision was taken on Thursday in a meeting chaired by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and MoS (Civil Aviation) Jayant Sinha.
On February 23, BCAS issued a circular declaring that the mandatory practice of putting security stamp on hand baggage tags at airports be done away with. The circular stated it would apply to seven major airports and should be carried out with “immediate effect”. CISF had objected to the decision as a robust security system to replace the baggage stamping process was not in place.
Officials said it was decided to form a committee comprising senior officials from the BCAS, CISF and operators of the seven airports — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Kochi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad — to plug the “grey” areas at these sensitive facilities so that the possibility of any security breach can be ruled out once the procedure of stamping of tag is done away with.
“The scheme would be implemented at these airports after ratification by the committee. A similar exercise would be conducted simultaneously at the remaining 52 airports under CISF cover for recommending modifications in the security architecture and CCTV systems so that this scheme could be implemented there as well,” a statement from CISF said.
03/03/17 Indian Express