No stamp, tag of baggage from April 1

7 airports, including city, to do away with from April 1.

New Delhi: Stamping of passengers' hand baggage at seven major airports, including Delhi and Mumbai, will be done away with from April 1, the CISF said on Thursday.

The other airports that will begin the new procedure from the morning of April 1 include the ones in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Cochin and Ahmedabad.

“The procedure of stamping and putting tags on the hand baggage of passengers will be dispensed with from April 1 at seven airports. We have put in place the required security systems that will help us in ushering in this passenger- friendly move,” CISF director general O.P. Singh said. The move, the CISF chief said, will enhance “passenger experience and provide hassle free security environment to them.”

“All issues resolved; no more stamping of hand baggage at 7 airports from April 1. Delhi-Mumbai-Kolkata-Hyderabad-Ahmedabad-Bengaluru & Cochin (sic),” civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said in a tweet.

A senior officer involved with airport security said over 300 smart and high definition CCTV cameras have been deployed at these airports and the length of rollers at the baggage checking x-ray machines has been increased so that all the bags are thoroughly cleared and doubtful ones are segregated by security personnel. They said at least 80 new CCTV cameras have been deployed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport alone.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle with agency inputs )
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