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US fliers under scan

Passengers for US airliners are being segregated from others at Delhi airport after an alert, reports Archis Mohan.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2006 03:52 IST

Passengers flying on US air carriers are being segregated from other travellers at Delhi airport following an alert that terrorists plan to bomb two US airliners flying out of Delhi or Mumbai.

The intelligence, received on Tuesday, indicated that Continental Airlines and American Airlines were targeted for mid-air explosions. The perpetrators intend to board the aircraft in India. Representatives for both carriers were unavailable for comment.

Since then, there's been a high alert, and passengers of these airlines have been routed to their planes through a separate security hold, so that they don't get mixed with passengers of other airlines. More exhaustive checks, including manual searches of even checked-in baggage, have been put in place. Passengers are being discreetly but intensively profiled.

Security sources confirmed the drill. "We will continue to stick to this security drill till at least Independence Day," said an officer.

Elsewhere in the Capital, the police is on high alert, given the terrorism fear. All movements in and out of Delhi for 48 hours prior to August 15 is being scrutinised.

First Published: Aug 13, 2006 02:19 IST