Monday, October 30, 2017

Airports to have bomb detection and disposal squads

New Delhi: Bomb detection and disposal squads will now be available at airports across India as part of efforts to strengthen security that also include upgradation of baggage screening systems to bring them on a par with global standards.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has simplified rules to make this possible, officials said.

“The new rules will ensure availability of BDDS (bomb detection and disposal squads) at all airports in India. The new baggage screening system will be in line with the best available globally,” said a senior BCAS official, who did not want to be identified.

“The new screening system will provide a view of the luggage from two sides, leaving little scope for any doubts in the minds of security personnel.”

This comes after the detection of a large number of power banks in the baggage at various airports in the country following an alert by the Intelligence Bureau that terrorists could try to trigger a blast inside an airplane in the country.
30/10/17 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times

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