This post was originally published on 9 December 2016
Passengers flying from six major airports in India will soon travel hassle-free as the mandatory practice of getting a security stamp on their hand baggage is being done away with by the CISF.
According to a report by PTI, the pilot project to smoothen air travel will be started at airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.
“Starting December 15, we are beginning a pilot project at six major airports where passengers will not be required to get the security stamp on the tags on their hand baggages.
They can get their other security checks done and board their flights. This is a passenger-friendly measure that we have initiated,” CISF Director General O P Singh told reporters.
A decision in this regard was taken on Thursday during a high-level meeting between the airport security brass of the security force and top executives of over a dozen major airlines operating in the country.
Initiative to be extended to other airports
The CISF DG added that the initiative will be extended to other airports too, based on the feedback received.
As per rules now, a passenger flying to a destination, either within the country or abroad, has to get a security stamp on the tag put on his or her hand baggage, that they take with them in the aircraft.
The stamp ensures that the baggage has been thoroughly checked and is safe to be carried in the plane.
Central Industrial Security Force officials, however, said that with the increase of technology by way of scanning a bag through x-ray, CCTV and a trained CISF security personnel on the spot, such a tag is not anymore required and hence is being done away with by way of a pilot project.
Passengers had also made numerous complaints in the past not only with the CISF but also with airport authorities that in case a passenger forgets to get that stamp, he or she, irrespective of their age or medical condition, had to go back and get the authorisation embossed which was a time taking and nagging affair.