VIP privileges at airports: Never frisked, sometimes driven to aircraft
The flier’s position in politics, government or the judiciary usually determines the privileges he or she is entitled to, but there have been exceptional cases. At a time the government is planning to review such privileges, a look at some VIPs and how airports deal with them:
All Supreme Court judges are exempted from pre-embarkation security checks. Justice Dalveer Bhandari no longer holds that privilege, having been appointed a member of the International Court of Justice. Yet he enjoys the status of being “equivalent to a Supreme Court judge” and is therefore to be extended all other associated courtesies and protocol that SC judges are entitled to at airports.
The civil aviation ministry and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) have refused to include high court judges in the list of exemptions and referred the matter to the Supreme Court, where it is currently pending. This month, the ministry issued a directive to extend protocol to Justice Bhandari, but didn’t include his name in the list of VIPs exempted from frisking. That would require the home ministry’s approval.
Mayawati, not Mulayam
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati is among those allowed to take their car right up