Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Every hoax call costs an airline Rs 2 crore

New Delhi: The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has received more than two dozen hoax calls recently, costing the airlines and security agencies crores of rupees.
The CISF, too, said that the IGIA was not built in a manner to facilitate security checks before entry into the airport. The officials said that change in the security plan would require complete overhauling of the terminals; otherwise it would make the airport more vulnerable to terror attacks.
As per available data, more than a dozen cases were registered pertaining to hoax calls at the IGIA police station under Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation this year, but only two callers have been traced so far.
"The International Civil Aviation Organisation, a UN agency, provides for three kinds of security plans to be followed worldwide. At the IGI airport we follow the Security Hold Area plan - wherein a passenger is allowed to walk up to the check-in counters, where he/she undergoes a thorough frisking. The concourse plan - where a passenger is not allowed to enter the terminal without frisking - is followed in India only at the Srinagar airport," said a senior CISF officer.
According to them the agency might opt for the concourse plan at IGIA, but it would require a complete overhaul of the terminals.
30/03/16 Times of India
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