Goa, Pune, Nagpur, and Trichy airports have announced that they will do away with baggage tags after security check. With this development, a total of 23 airports across India have stopped the practise stamping and tagging passengers’ hand luggage.
The new travel norm will soon be implemented at 27 other Indian airports, falling under the Central Industrial Security Force*. Jodhpur, Port Blair, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Tirupati Imphal and Jorhat are among the 27 airports to be reviewed for this process.
In December 2016 and January this year, the CISF carried out a trial run at 13 airports to dismiss stamping of hand baggage. After the trail, installation of security gadgets like high quality HD cameras at pre-embarkation security check points, CCTV cameras with power backup and video analytics features in CCTV cameras were recommended by the CISF. So, the airports that made the required security arrangements have done away with the tags.
A committee comprising of the CISF, the BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security) and airport officials was set up early this year to ensure easy functioning of this new protocol.
*The CISF provides security cover to 300 industrial units, government infrastructure projects and facilities and establishments located all over India, including airports.