Boarding a flight at six Indian airports will speed up from Thursday. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is responsible for the security of airports across the country, has decided not to stamp the tag on the hand baggage and the boarding pass after security check.
A week-long trial will be conducted at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru airports during which domestic travellers can fly without putting tags on their cabin bags. Following the trial, the initiative is likely to be made permanent and extended to other airports also. CISF says each traveller will save 10 minutes on an average at the airport.
“As per the feedback, stamping causes inconvenience to passengers. Many a times, a passenger is turned away from the boarding gate if the tag gets misplaced,” said CISF Director-General O P Singh. “We are confident that no passenger can escape security check and thus there is no need of stamping. The trial run is for domestic travellers but it will be extended to international travellers also,” he said.
Often if a traveller is asked to open a bag after it goes through a scan, others in the queue have to wait till their tags can be stamped. “Now, if one passenger is stopped, others in the queue can move on to the boarding gate after security check. This will benefit the passenger and at no point, security will be compromised,” said Singh.
During the trial run from December 15-21, security check area will be monitored through CCTV cameras to ensure no passenger can skip the mandatory check. CISF staff at the boarding gates have been asked not to check for a baggage tag.
The decision was taken after the D-G met representatives of all the airlines last week. “We discussed enhancing coordination among agencies and making the process of security check friendly for travellers. CISF also emphasized on building a sound security information sharing network among the staff employed/hired by various operators to achieve a real-time information flow. This information sharing mechanism will add teeth to our security matrix,” Singh said.