A pilot project will be started at six airports -Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru and will be replicated at other airports as well.
Good news for flyers. They could soon be spared of getting hand baggage tags stamped at security check and flashing them before boarding the aircraft. A pilot project will be started at six airports -Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru and will be replicated at other airports as well. “This move will enhance passenger experience at airports,” aviation secretary R N Choubey, the man behind the move, told TOI.
“Starting December 15, we are beginning a pilot project at six major airports where passengers will not be required to get the security stamp on the tags on their hand baggages. They can get their other security checks done and board their flights. This is a passenger-friendly measure that we have initiated,” CISF Director General O P Singh said. As per rules now, a passenger flying to a destination, either within the country or abroad, has to get a security stamp on the tag put on his or her hand baggage, that they take with them in the aircraft.
The stamp ensures that the baggage has been thoroughly checked and is safe to be carried in the plane. Central Industrial Security Force officials, however, said that with the increase of technology by way of scanning a bag through x-ray, CCTV and a trained CISF security personnel on the spot, such a tag is not anymore required and hence is being done away with by way of a pilot project.
Passengers had also made numerous complaints in the past not only with the CISF but also with airport authorities that in case a passenger forgets to get that stamp, he or she, irrespective of their age or medical condition, had to go back and get the authorisation embossed which was a time taking and nagging affair.
This issue, CISF officials said, had also led to altercations between security personnel and passengers and hence the force was wanting to do away with it. “Keeping several issues in mind we proposed to start this project which we are sure will be successful,” Singh said. During the meeting, called to enhance cooperation between the operators and CISF and also to strengthen security of these sensitive facilities, the DG also flagged the number of instances of thefts taking place from registered baggages of fliers even as he suggested deploying of more CCTV cameras and enhanced surveillance of the loading staff.