Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Brussels attack puts spotlight on chinks in security at Indian airports

Mumbai: The terror attack on Brussels on Tuesday has put a spotlight on chinks in the security apparatus at airports in India.

The attack comes barely three months after a Parliamentary Standing Committee flagged off concerns about gaps in security at airports in India which included inadequate CCTV coverage in terminals, presence of slums and non-deployment of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel in certain sensitive airports.

While the security at all airports in the country has been heightened following the Brussels incident, there is no plan to carry out security check of passengers and their bags outside terminal buildings. At present, passengers are frisked before accessing terminal only in Srinagar.

The idea of frisking passengers outside terminals was first examined after the attack on the Indian Parliament, but has not been implemented following a review. It was felt that this practice could lead to long queues outside the terminals during rush hours and would mean passengers reporting much earlier for their flights.
23/03/16 Business Standard

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