CISF: No tak­ing off pros­thetic limbs for checks

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

New Delhi: Pas­sen­gers with dis­abil­i­ties will no longer be asked to re­move their pros­thetic limbs dur­ing se­cu­rity checks at air­port, ex­cept in rare cases where pas­sen­ger pro­fil­ing ne­ces­si­tates the same.

The Cen­tral In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity Force (CISF) and Bu­reau of Civil Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity (BCAS) will also ex­am­ine if in­stead of X-ray­ing wheel­chairs — which re­quires pas­sen­gers to be shifted to an­other wheelchair dur­ing con­duct of pre-em­barka­tion se­cu­rity checks — the same canbe can be vis­ually in­spected and checked with the help of hi-tech equip­ment so that the in­con­ve­nience of shift­ing wheel­chairs can be avoided.

These de­ci­sions were taken when CISF chief O P Singh called a meet­ing to dis­cuss se­cu­rity check proce- dures at air­ports for per­sons with dis­abil­ity, with BCAS, avi­a­tion min­istry of­fi­cials and NGOs on Wed­nes­day. The idea was to re­view se­cu­rity check of the dis­abled un­der ex­ist­ing BCAS pro­vi­sions with­out com­pro­mis­ing on safety and at the same time mak­ing them dis­abled­friendly.

A CISF spokesman said the para­mil­i­tary force sug­gested “that a pros­thetic ap­pli­ance which does not have any foam pad­ding cover un­der which any weapon / ex­plo­sive can be con­cealed and in which the steel rod of the ap­pli­ance is clearly vis­i­ble, may be screened only by vis­ual in­spec­tion and ex­plo­sive trace de­tec­tor checks, with­out re­mov­ing it.” Only in “rare cases where there is suf­fi­cient jus­ti­fi­ca­tion based on the pro­fil­ing of the pas­sen­ger”, X-ray screen­ing may be re­sorted to.

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