In a relief to flyers, the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) announced today that the practice of stamping and tagging of flyers’ hand baggage will be discontinued from April 1. This would be applicable at 7 major airports in the country – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Cochin, and Ahmedabad. Speaking to media, CISF Director General O P Singh said, “The system of stamping and putting tags on the hand baggage of flyers will be dispensed with from April 1 at seven airports. We have put in place the required security systems that will help us in ushering in this passenger-friendly move.” Singh also said that the new system will improve passenger experience and enable a hassle free security environment for flyers.
It may be recalled that this decision was made by the aviation security regulator, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). However, the CISF wanted time to deploy the necessary security infrastructure and procedures so that the new system can be implemented without compromising the security aspects. Now, that the CISF has completed setting up the new security apparatus, it has announced the discontinuation of stamping and tagging of flyers’ hand baggage from April 1.