Efforts on to secure airports, make them hijack-proof


New Delhi: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) are taking steps to boost security at airports across the country after rising incidents of attempts to hijack planes.
“Anti-hijacking procedures at airports need to be overhauled. We are holding meetings with airport officials and National Security Guards to work out a fool-proof security system,” NR Das, director general of CISF, said.
Senior CISF officials said during a recent hijack scare involving an Indigo plane, it was found that airports were not equipped to take immediate action. A chartered accountant had held passengers of Indigo hostage for over two hours.
“We have tied all loose ends and a standard operating procedure is in place to smoothen the process. We are also holding regular meetings with the civil aviation ministry to set things right,” Das said. The paramilitary force will provide security to 57 airports. A pilot project has been launched at Mumbai airportin which passengers’ baggages are being checked before they enter the airport.
09/03/09 Gyan Varma/Daily News & Analysis


~ by anand213 on March 11, 2009.

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