Thursday, June 01, 2017

Bureau of Civil Aviation Security backs CISF, orders abolition of baggage tags

New Delhi:  The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) on Wednesday saved Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) the blushes by issuing a last-minute order that would abolish the practice of cabin-baggage tagging at six of India’s large airports. From Thursday, airports at Jaipur, Guwahati, Patna, Lucknow, Trivandrum and Chennai would dispense with the security routine.
The CISF Director General O P Singh had announced the abolition earlier this week, but the order could not be implemented until a direction came from the BCAS. "CISF has approached us today asking us to issue the order. We have issued the order paving the way for its implementation,” said a senior BCAS official, who did not want to be identified.

According to National Civil Aviation Security Programme (NCASP), airport security would check and stamp the cabin baggage tag issued by airlines. The rule was amended earlier for seven airports, where abolition of cabin baggage tag was announced first by BCAS in February and implemented by CISF from April. “It would have been violation of the NCASP and the airlines would have implemented it….We have no intention of embarrassing anyone despite the premature statement.
01/06/17 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times