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IGI security checks to intensify

A detailed study by the CISF's Consultancy and Research and Development wing has looked at the threat perception.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2006 13:15 IST

Integrated hood mask, plastic suit and anti gas respirator, Iodide tablets - equipment to battle nuclear or radiological emergencies and these may soon be available with the Central Industrial Security Force at Delhi and other important airports across the country.

A detailed study by the CISF's Consultancy and Research and Development wing has looked at the threat perception that may be posed by terrorists in the next 15 years.

Apart from plane hijack, bomb attacks and armed intrusion, the study has also delved into the possibility of gas attacks at the airport. Don't blame the CISF for fertile imagination, for a gas attack had killed several passengers in Japanese underground trains in the late 1990s.

Nuclear attack and water poisoning

The study foresees the need for procuring equipment like respirators, decontamination kits, plastic suit and anti-gas respirator, NBC Suit, contamination monitors, water poison detection test kits, etc.

Passenger checks

Apart from installing advanced biometric checks like iris recognition machines, the CISF wants each passenger's digital photo taken while check-in before issuing of the boarding card. This would keep a check on impersonation.

The boarding card will carry the passenger's digital photo and barcode. The photo on boarding card will be verified in Security Hold Area frisking booth and can also be verified at the boarding gate. 

Barcode reader shall retrieve the photo from Database and display photo of PAX at the aerobridge check point as verification. Barcode reader & display monitor can also be kept at boarding gates. Automated boarding card readers at the aerobridge check point will be installed. The digital data of a passenger will be on the airport systems (CUTE network).

CISF also wants passport readers to be installed. Canada is experimenting with putting chips on passports with the holder's details, these are read at the airport by a machine for a quicker check. England and Germany also plan to adopt these.

Surveillance

CCTV surveillance will be increased to every nook and corner. Boundary wall will be secured by mobile patrolling. Inner fence will have micro phonic cables enclosing the airside boundary, strain detecting fibre optic sensors may also be installed. Incase of a breach, it will raise an alarm. The cables will also be fitted with microphones and personnel will be able to listen to any activity.

Intruder alarms

All access controlled areas shall incorporate dual technology (Microwave+Passive IR) detectors that automatically arm when an area is unoccupied. Automatic transmission of alarms on Personal Digital Assistant held by key security personnel and airport officers with location flashing on a local map.