CISF: No taking off prosthetic limbs for checks
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.