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Indian airports on high alert over hijack fears

7 Jan 2015 by Clement Huang

Airports in India are on high alert after receiving a warning about a possible hijack attempt on an Air India flight.

According to sources speaking to Indian TV network, NDTV, airport staff have been instructed to conduct additional baggage checks, meaning travellers may face delays when passing through security checkpoints. Airport staff are also reportedly being subject to much more thorough checks.

In a statement to Business Traveller Asia-Pacific, a spokesperson for Air India said: “Even though the security [at many airports are] on high alert, there are no delays on flights".

Here in Asia-Pacific, several countries have responded to the growing unrest by raising the threat levels of travel to India. The Security Bureau in Hong Kong hoisted an “amber” outbound travel alert earlier today, meaning that there are signs of a threat emerging in India. Travellers are urged to monitor the situation carefully and exercise caution when visiting India.

Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Australia has also asked its citizens to “exercise a high degree of caution” when visiting India.

The government body also implemented the same advice for those travelling to Indonesia, including Bali. According to ABC news, this follows warnings by the US government that there was a potential threat against US-linked banks and hotels in the East Java city.

For more information, visit smartraveller.gov.au and sb.gov.hk

Clement Huang

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