Hand bag stamping ends at 4 more airports

DELHI: Passengers flying out of four more airports, Coimbatore, Calicut, Indore and Vadodara, will no longer need to get their hand bag tags stamped “security checked” in the pre-embarkation checks.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) on Friday ordered the immediate dispensing of this requirement at these airports, which takes the total number of airports where handbag stamping in done away with to 17, reports The Times of India.

“After successful trial run and positive feedback received from the concerned quarters, it has been decided to dispense with the present system of stamping of hand baggage tags… at pre-embarkation security check (PESC) points at four additional airports — Coimbatore, Calicut, Indore and Vadodara — with immediate effect. The airport operator shall ensure that the requisite monitoring system and supporting infrastructure are maintained all through at PSEC points,” says an order issued by BCAS DG Kumar Rajesh Chandra.

From June 1, BCAS-Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) had stopped stamping of hand bags at six big airports — Chennai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Trivandrum and Guwahati. And from April 1, the first places where this practice was stopped were the seven biggest airports — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Cochin.

Hand bag stamped tags have a number in fine print which identifies the counter where the bag was screened. The idea is to fix responsibility in case something that could be a threat to flight safety is allowed to go in those bags beyond this point by finding out the screener whose lapse led to that. Full camera coverage allows the same to happen without stamping, something that happens in airports in developed countries.


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