Saturday, February 27, 2016

Immigration red flags Air India's Hub & Spoke policy

New Delhi:Immigration authorities have red flagged Air India's Hub and Spoke policy that connects several Tier-II cities, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency Varanasi, saying security risks are involved with this plan.

Several security lapses have been detected by immigration and customs authorities in the airline's hub and spoke operations, which connect Amritsar, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Panaji, Bhubaneswar, Varanasi with metro cities before flying the passengers to foreign destinations, official sources said.

Under the facility, international passengers are required to clear immigration and security at the boarding airport but no check is done at the last port of exit.

However, since such flights also carry domestic passengers, who get off at places like Delhi and Mumbai, there is a risk that a "wanted person" can leave the country by exchanging boarding passes with an accomplice who may have a boarding pass for the international leg of the trip.
26/02/16 PTI/Business Standard

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