Mumbai airport security tightened after Istanbul explosions

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2016 11:36 IST
Passengers embrace outside Ataturk airport`s main entrance in Istanbul, on June 28, 2016, after two explosions followed by gunfire hit Turkey's largest airport, killing at least 10 people and injuring 20. All flights at Istanbul's Ataturk international airport were suspended on June 28, 2016 after a suicide attack left at least 36 people dead. (AFP)

The Mumbai airport tightened its security on Tuesday a few hours after bomb explosions killed 36 and injured more than 100 at the Istanbul airport.

Armed personnel manning watch booths at the airport entrances were increased, patrolling populated stretches within the terminal and the waiting areas outside was also escalated, said officials from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) that mans India’s airports.

“Such incidents (terror attacks) have become so common that we are on high alert almost throughout the year,” said a senior CISF official.

Queues at security checks are likely to move slowly owing to the increased scrutiny, officials added.

Some randomly selected passengers were asked to run their shoes under the X-ray scanners.

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