In a move to minimise hassles while air travel, six more airports will go handbag tag free very soon as the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) initiated trails of new security systems at airports of Chennai, Patna, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur and Lucknow cities.
This move is a follow up to the decision to do away with the handbag tag system for many of the prominent airports such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Cochin, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad starting from April 1.
The airport security is controlled by the CISF, which guards all 59 airports in the country.
CISF Director General O P Singh informed media that, “The week-long trial at these six airports will end on April 30. We will take a call based on the results and the assessment. If all the security concerns are found satisfactory, we will be ushering in the new regime of non-stamping of the hand baggage tags at these six airports very soon.”
These trial are initiated to ensure checking through various new security gadgets and logistics at the six airports. Through stamped tags on the hand baggage, the CISF used to ensure safety and now with the deployment of smart cameras and re-positioning of security paraphernalia at the seven airports, the same objective is being achieved.
It is reported that the safety tag stamping procedure remained a major irritant for passengers due to extra time consumed.
Recently, the CISF, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and the airport operators have rolled-out a new protocol that all the 59 airports will be guarded by the paramilitary force.