Soon you may have to re­move shoes, belt and jewellery to pass se­cu­rity at IGI Air­port


The Bureau of Civil Avi­a­tion Se­cur­tiy (BCAS) is con­tem­plat­ing tighter se­cu­rity check norms at air­ports, be­gin­ning with the Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port in New Delhi. If shoes, cloth­ing items or other ac­ces­sories con­tain­ing me­tal set off an alarm, the se­cu­rity screener would in­sist on fur­ther checks, in­clud­ing pat­down frisk­ing.

The BCAS has said that nec­es­sary tech­nol­ogy, such as so­phis­ti­cated door-frame me­tal de­tec­tors would be in place which would al­low pas­sen­gers not hav­ing any me­tal on their per­son to pass through with­out a pat-down.

Cur­rently, its takes around two to three min­utes for the Cen­tral In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity Force’s (CISF) per­son­nel to clear a per­son dur­ing the se­cu­rity check but with im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new pro­posal, this is likely to in­crease to 5-7 min­utes, an air­line of­fi­cial said.

BCAS had re­cently car­ried out a trial run of the sys­tem at Ter­mi­nal 1D to ac­cess the prob­lems that may crop up when the sys­tem is put in place, but the of­fi­cial sources said the re­sponse was not good as proper in­fra­struc­ture was lack­ing.

In the US and Europe, pas­sen­gers are re­quired to take off their shoes, belts, all metal­lic ob­jects, mo­bile phones and other elec­tronic items in a sep­a­rate tray be­fore pass­ing through the me­tal de­tec­tors.

Sim­i­larly, the pas­sen­gers in New Delhi would soon have to put all their be­long­ings and cabin bag­gage in a tray along with the footwear when they pass through the me­tal de­tec­tor.

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