In an effort to speed up the security check at airports, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has granted permission to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to check passengers’ hand luggage without making them take out their laptops and liquid items.
Tentatively, this will be applied on an experimental basis at Indira Gandhi International Airport (Delhi), Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (Hyderabad) and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Mumbai).
ANI quoted Rajesh Chandra, Director General, BCAS saying, “ On an experimental basis, BCAS has allowed handbag scanners where laptops, liquids item not to be taken out at Delhi and Mumbai airport for security check.”
However, BCAS and CISF will finalise the system only after the proposal is approved by the concerned agencies.
If implemented permanently and effectively, this initiative will strengthen the airport experience, and will also contribute towards India’s aim of becoming the third largest aviation sector by 2020( makeinindia.com). Another case in point is how the government is planning to reduce the long queues and organise the boarding process by making Indian airports shift towards biometric boarding system.