Friday, December 23, 2016

Tagless travel at Nagpur airport from Monday

Passengers flying out of Nagpur will not have to get the security checked stamp on their cabin bags. This may start from as early as Monday, said highly placed sources.
Apart from Nagpur, Guwahati, Patna, Lucknow, Jaipur, Trivandrum and Kochi airports too would do away with stamping hand bags.
The government took this decision as the weeklong pilot project for not stamping hand bags at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru came to an end on Thursday, said a senior official. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will discontinue the no-stamping at these metro airports, which means flyers from there will again have to get the hand bag tags stamped - at least for some time.
CISF and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) will "analyse the feedback of the pilot project" before deciding on extending the same," the official added.
The ministry and BCAS are trying to get security agencies to agree on doing away with putting security checked stamps on hand bag tags and then on boarding cards so that this will lead to e-boarding cards.
"The security checked stamp mentions at what position the bag was checked, enabling CISF to hold the staffer responsible in case of any lapse. Our point is that CCTVs at baggage X-ray and passenger frisking areas can be used for the same thing—identifying who checked a cabin bag in case of fixing responsibility for a lapse," said a source.
With this reasoning, aviation authorities want stamping of bags and boarding cards to be done away with at all airports where security counters have 100% CCTV coverage. In fact, doing away with stamping makes available one more person—who would otherwise be busy putting stamps—to focus on baggage X-rays.
23/12/16 Saurabh Sinha/The Times Of India
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