Government mandates for extending non-stamping of handbags at security checks at more airports

The BCAS and CISF have been mandated to identify more airports in the country, where this facility can be introduced.

Published: 01st March 2017 08:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st March 2017 08:14 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: After introducing non-stamping of handbags at security checks at seven airports across the country from February 23 this year, the government is moving ahead to provide similar facilities at few more airports. The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and other concerned departments met recently to discuss issues related to the problems in implementing the non-stamping of handbags at seven airports.

The BCAS and CISF have been mandated to identify more airports in the country, where this facility can be introduced. While BCAS is the regulator for civil aviation security, CISF is a paramilitary force that provides security across the Indian airports.

Air travellers now do not require to stamp their handbags at security checks at seven major airports namely Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi and Ahmedabad.

The order came into effect from February 23 last month through an official order by the BCAS.

Late last year, the BCAS and CISF had conducted a drive for non-stamping at many airports for domestic passengers. That trial was conducted successfully.

The officials said this would further help in introducing biometric identification at boarding points at airports across the country. Besides, it would also stop stamping boarding passes and upgrade to introducing biometric boarding.

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