NEW DELHI: There is some good news for passengers traveling out of Goa, Pune, Nagpur, and Trichy as they will no longer need to get their handbags stamped “security checked“. As earlier this year, the number of Indian airports has stopped to 23 in four phases. For the 5th phase; AAI i.e. Airports Authority of India has identified 27 airports under Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) cover in order to examine how the handbag stamping can end.
Last December and this January, CISF had carried out a trial run at 13 major airports for dispensing with the stamping of hand baggage tags in two phases.
For this, there is a need for special infrastructure that includes: High-quality HD cameras at pre-embarkation security check (PESC) points and complete sterile area. In addition to that, there is also the need for dedicated CCTV cameras along with the Video analytics features, increasing length of output roller of X-BIS machine.
CISF-BCAS have stopped handbag stamping wherever this has been accomplished. Until now, in 4 phases, 23 airports have done away with this practice plus all the metros too.
The list of 27 airports which are selected for the process of stopping handbag stamping includes Jodhpur, Port Blair, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Tirupati and other airports in the Northeast like Imphal and Jorhat.