Thursday, January 07, 2021

Adapting Security To New & Emerging Threats In Foreign Relations: Aviation Security & Ground Handling Issues

Aviation and foreign relations have been interconnected the  world over. So many hijackings have taken place for a political cause worldwide. In India the two hijackings of 31st December 1999 of an Indian Airlines aircraft to Khandahar in Afghanistan and in 1971from Srinagar to Lahore, Pakistan are a reminders.9/11 incident in the US is also a reminder of the same.

In India Aviation security has been a high been a high security issue ever since bomb explosion in the baggage hold of Air India  flight from Toronto to London in 1985 killing all 329 persons on board and simultaneous abortive bombing of another a AirIndia flight from Canada from its luggage in Tokyo airport. This was due to poor security of baggage handling at Canadian airports.

In order to tighten up security at Indian airports even the services State police forces, who were in charge of airport security, were dispensed with in the year 2000 and replaced by a uniform security force  for all airports called the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

The second most sensitive area of aviation security is Ground Handling. However, on the issue of Ground Handling (GH) many airlines , both domestic and international wanted to do their own ground handling as they claimed that they are more efficient than the Ground Handling Agencies(GHA) available at the airports. This debate went up and down but looking at the international trends, increasing congestion at the Airports, it was felt that  GHAs and not self handling by airlines was the answer.

06/01/21 Sanat Kaul/Business World

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