Thursday, March 14, 2019

Calcutta airport alert extended

Dum Dum: The security alert sounded for all airports following the Pulwama attack on January 14 has been extended indefinitely, a move that has dashed hopes of an early end to long queues triggered by the beef up.

“We were informed at a meeting on Tuesday that the security alert has been extended for an indefinite period. Passengers are being asked to report at least three hours before departure to avoid missing flights,” an official at the Calcutta airport said.

Security personnel are asking passengers at random to take off shoes and socks in the security hold area. Most airlines are shifting their security personnel scanning registered luggage at the X-ray machines in the domestic section every 10 minutes.

Usually, such personnel are reshuffled every 15 minutes, sources said.

“A person’s focus slackens soon if he or she has to constantly monitor luggage looking at a screen. So, such persons are rested after every 15 minutes. With security having been heightened after the Pulwama attack, they are being rested every 10 minutes,” said an official of a private airline.

Hand bags are being checked at the aircraft door, scanning of registered luggage has been made more stringent and a special security protocol has been put in place for the food that airlines serve on board, officials said.
14/03/19 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph

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