New Delhi, March 31: Stamping and tagging of the hand baggage of fliers at seven major airports, including Delhi and Mumbai, will be done away with from April 1. Meanwhile, The CISF and BCAS had carried out week-long pilot projects at 12 airports last December where hand bag tags of domestic flyers were not stamped.
The CISF said, the other airports which will see the new system of baggage security coming in include the ones in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Cochin and Ahmedabad. The move was earlier announced by the aviation security regulator, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.
CISF Director General O P Singh said that it has put in place the required security systems that will help us in ushering in this passenger-friendly move. The move, the CISF chief said, will enhance passenger experience and provide hassle free security environment to them. These seven airports account for 80% of all air traffic in India.
"We have asked for interrupted power back-up support at all these seven airports. At some airports, we have got revolving cameras fixed in addition to fixed cameras to minimise grey areas. HD cameras now cover all the domestic and international passenger areas of Delhi Airport by getting the existing ones also repositioned and refocussed. Similarly, Mumbai Airport has got 85 HD cameras”, the DG said.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) took this decision for both domestic and international flyers after carrying out some changes at these airports. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) had on February 23 sought the ending of stamping at the seven big airports, which includes all metros except Chennai.