Ar­rive early at IGI to avoid de­lays: CISF

Hindustan Times (Noida) - - HTMETRO - An­vit Sri­vas­tava an­vit.sri­vas­[email protected] n

NEW DELHI: If you are plan­ning to fly out of Delhi air­port this month, reach a lit­tle ear­lier than usual to avoid last mo­ment rush, the Cen­tral In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity Force has ad­vised pas­sen­gers.

The CISF, which is re­spon­si­ble for se­cu­rity at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional (IGI) Air­port, has tight­ened se­cu­rity checks at ter­mi­nals, with pas­sen­gers be­ing asked to take off their coats, jack­ets, belts, boots or caps for de­tailed frisk­ing. Of­fi­cials said the se­cu­rity has been tight­ened ahead of the up­com­ing Repub­lic Day cel­e­bra­tions.

Se­nior of­fi­cers from CISF said that a sig­nif­i­cant step­ping up of the ex­ist­ing se­cu­rity pro­ce­dures — with mul­ti­ple frisk­ing and se­condary lad­der point check­ing — may likely cause de­layed board­ing for some pas­sen­gers. The CISF of­fi­cials said random bag­gage checks and frisk­ing is also be­ing done at the board­ing ar­eas and in the fore­court around the ter­mi­nal build­ing.

“A meet­ing was called to re­view the se­cu­rity for the up­com­ing Repub­lic Day. Ad­e­quate mea­sures were put in place. Armed plain­clothes­men have been de­ployed at the air­side and even in­side the ter­mi­nal build­ing to main­tain a hawk-like vigil. Com­man­dos from our Quick Re­sponse Teams are also pa­trolling the air­side and even the bound­ary of the air­port to pre­vent any tres­pass­ing,” said a se­nior CISF of­fi­cer from the air­port.

The CISF also said the strin­gent pro­ce­dures may lead to de­lay in check-ins and board­ings.

“Pas­sen­gers are ran­domly be­ing asked to take-off their shoes and belts for stricter check­ing. The in­com­ing flights are also be­ing scanned by se­cu­rity agen­cies and air­lines se­cu­rity. From lava­to­ries to pas­sen­ger seats, from the cargo belly to even the lug­gage com­part­ments every­thing is be­ing checked. Dogs squads are be­ing used to sani­tise the air­craft and other ve­hi­cles used at the air­port,” he said.

As­sis­tant in­spec­tor gen­eral of the CISF, He­mender Singh, con­firmed the de­vel­op­ments. “We do not want the fly­ers to panic at the last mo­ment. We re­quest them to ar­rive a lit­tle early,” Singh said.

Apart from the air­side se­cu­rity en­hance­ment, the city side has also been cov­ered with the de­ploy­ment of ad­di­tional per­son­nel on watch­tow­ers, ex­tra pick­ets for ve­hi­cles and ac­tive move­ments of Quick Re­sponse Teams. Park­ing lots and cargo ar­eas are also be­ing sani­tised by the bomb de­tec­tion teams and dog squads.

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