Security at Mumbai airport was tightened on Monday in the wake of the multiple blasts at Bodhgaya on Sunday. While there was no circular issued for multi-level frisking of passengers and baggage — the essentials of a ‘red alert’ — airport officials said the focus was to fortify the area outside the terminal.
All vehicles entering the airport were checked thoroughly.
The number of armed security personnel at watch booths manning the stretch between the approach roads and the terminal gates at both domestic and international terminals was doubled. “It is a default preventive measure after any terror attack.
The idea is to increase vigil manifold,” said a senior official with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) requesting anonymity.
Officials said many smal squads of CISF intelligence officers deployed in civil clothes were given the task of scanning the terminal and tracking passengers moving around suspiciously.
“A team of officers who monitor closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) will assist the intelligence squad,” the official said.
Airport officials said fliers taking their cars or cabs to the airport should budget for congestion at check booths. “There is no need to panic, but people should be prepared for such checks,” said an airport official.
CISF sources said fortifying the airport entrance was to prepare for a ‘fidayeen’ (suicide bombers) attack. Sources said passengers may face two to three layers of frisking if the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) issues any specific alert for airlines in the next two three days.