Passengers travelling on domestic airlines will now be frisked just before boarding their flights.
Considering the threat perception ahead of Republic Day, the Bureau for Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has asked all airlines to start secondary ladder point checking (SLPC) at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).
“We received an alert ahead of Republic Day. A circular has been issued to all agencies concerned to enhance security at the airport. SLPC is a part of this. So far, SLPC was randomly conducted by international airlines, but now it is mandatory for every airline departing from the Delhi airport,” a source in BCAS said.
Checking will be done by the airline’s security staffers, who have been briefed about it.
As per the current security structure, a passenger can enter the terminal by showing his e-ticket. He is frisked by officers of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), only after getting his boarding pass, and then he is allowed to board the plane. After the alert, however, passengers will be frisked again at the ladder point. CISF has also decided to frisk suspicious passengers at the entry gate. “Since a passenger spends more than an hour inside the terminal before the security check, we have decided to frisk suspicious passengers at the gate. We have sensitised our men and based on profiling, a passenger can be asked to undergo checking before entering the terminal building,” said a CISF officer, requesting anonymity.
BCAS has also asked the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) not to issue airport entry ticket.
Relatives of passengers are allowed inside the airport till a certain point. This, however, has been banned now. Also, BCAS will not issue any fresh airport entry passes till the time the alert is active. “The CISF has also deployed extra men while Delhi Police have been asked to ensure the security in the city,” the BCAS source said.