Checks at airport beefed up
About an hour after blasts took place at three locations in the city, the airport’s day-old Facebook page asked passengers to co-operate with securitymen.mumbai Updated: Jul 14, 2011 01:56 IST
About an hour after blasts took place at three locations in the city, the airport’s day-old Facebook page asked passengers to co-operate with securitymen.
Airport officials beefed up security arrangements at the airport acting on a high alert from the Union home ministry.
Nearly every car entering the airport was checked at the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) watch-booth located 100 metres from the international and domestic terminals. CISF guards were also frisking passengers randomly at the terminal gate. Normally, checks take place only at the security hold. “The alert does not have a clear brief about the nature of the threat. We are conducting all kinds of checks,” said a CISF personnel.
Customs officials said an alert was sounded and all entry and exits were kept under tight vigil.
“There would be 100% checking of baggages of passengers arriving from or departing to destinations which we feel are sensitive,” a senior official said.
He said that special emphasis would be on things looking like granules. At the entry, even the Customs, police and other staff posted at the airport would be frisked completely. “Earlier the staff was allowed entry at the display of the identity cards, but now every one will be frisked,” the official said.
Sources said passengers should reach the airport early and, preferably, travel light for the next few days as multi-level screening of baggage is likely to start from Friday. “The CISF might start searching them physically before boarding the airport,” said an airport official.