Sunday, November 06, 2016

Your flight plan may soon be under govt. watch

New Delhi: India is sprucing up its aviation security apparatus with a profiling upgrade, under which potential troublemakers will come under the scanner of aviation security authorities the moment their tickets are booked. The Centre will track air travel data and may look for unusual ticket purchases in a bid to keep a check on terror, senior government officials said.

Additionally, the passenger pre-screening system, which will be adopted soon, will run a criminal check and see whether a passenger’s name is in the terror blacklist.

“There is a plan to put in place a passenger profiling system. Unlike in U.S., where passenger data is sent to security agencies 24 hours before the departure of a flight, here the profiling of passengers will begin the moment an air ticket is booked,” said a senior Civil Aviation Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The move is seen as part of India’s efforts at tightening security at airports given the global concerns after This year has seen heightened security at airports across the globe after Turkey’s Ataturk International Airport and the Brussels airport were bombed by suspected Islamic State militants. and this is a part of India’s efforts to tighten the security at its airports.
06/11/16 Somesh Jha/The Hindu
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