The process of baggage stamping at seven major airports of India has been dispensed with, the government said today. In its bid to enhance passenger experience and provide hassle free security environment at airports, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has decided to do away with stamping of hand baggage tags starting April 1.
The seven airports are: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Cochin and Ahmedabad. All these airports will see new system of baggage security that will be more convenient for the passengers.
"The system of stamping and putting tags on the hand baggage of fliers 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," CISF Director General OP Singh said.
"The system will speed up the security check procedure and will give more time to CISF personnel for checking of suspected baggage," he added.
Singh said the paramilitary force, responsible for the security of 59 airports across India, has taken appropriate measures to ‘upgrade the security system by adopting this new system for the convenience of passengers’.
“All issues resolved; no more stamping of hand baggage at 7 airports from April 1. Delhi-Mumbai-Kolkata-Hyderabad-Ahmedabad-Bengaluru & Cochin,” Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju tweeted.
All issues resolved; no more stamping of hand baggage at 7 airports from April 1. Delhi-Mumbai-Kolkata-Hyderabad-Ahmedabad-Bengaluru &Cochin— Ashok Gajapathi Raju (@Ashok_Gajapathi) March 30, 2017
The move was earlier announced by the aviation security regulator, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), but the CISF wanted to deploy appropriate security infrastructure before such a regime could be ushered in without any compromise on the security aspect at these sensitive facilities.
Singh said his personnel have been updated about the new protocol and that he himself had seen the preparations made in this regard at the Bengaluru airport yesterday.