Pune: Officials of the Pune Customs Department deputed at the Pune International Airport have asked all private airlines to provide full passengers’ list two hours before the arrival of international flights, which will help them for better scrutiny of passengers.
The steps have been taken after some airlines had not provided the passengers’ list as per the norms of the Customs Department.
Officials of the Customs Department said that a few weeks ago, one of the airlines had provided them with the passengers’ list about half an hour before the arrival of their Dubai-Pune flight, which created problems for them.
“If the list is provided to us well in advance, it helps us in a better scrutiny of passengers. We requested to the airlines to follow the Customs Act and provide the passengers’ list two hours before the arrival of international flights,” said a senior official of the department.
Actually, this case is related with the carelessness of two employees of an airline. The two employees of the airlines had provided the passengers’ list to customs about half an hour before the arrival of the aircraft. “We had written a letter to the duty manager of the airline and requested to change these staff,” said the official.
“It is important that the Customs regulation for providing the passengers’ list as per the time stipulated is handed over to them by the airlines for various reasons. One of the most important reasons is for the Customs authorities to scrutinise the list for any passengers who are required for any violations or who are on the international wanted alert list. It is also required for security reasons in view of the present threat perceptions and untoward activities threatening national security,” said an airline official on the condition of anonymity.
It is obvious that delay in providing such list by the airlines may result in custom authorities not getting sufficient time to properly scrutinise it resulting in some passengers who may be required to be detained, getting away.