Pune: There will no more baggage stamping at Pune airport from Tuesday as the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has decided to end the security process.
The decision was taken in September after a meeting between the CISF DG and Airport Authority of India (AAI) in New Delhi. The trail run of the stamp-free hand baggage regime will start from Tuesday for a week. If successful, it will continue indefinitely. “Once the trial is successful, we will bring Pune airport under the stamp-free hand baggage regime,” said CISF Director General OP Singh.
The force started the regime at Jaipur, Guwahati, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram, Patna and Chennai airports from June 1. It did away with the system at seven other air facilities in Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Ahmedabad since April 1.
The CISF, tasked to secure 59 civil airports, will soon launch a trial of the new system at Amritsar, Chandigarh, Varanasi, Udaipur, Dibrugarh, Nagpur, Mangalore, Trichy and Ranchi airports. A total of 17 airports are stamp-free in the country.
Stamped tags on hand baggages allow security personnel to be assured that no weapon or ammunition like material enters the aircraft. With the deployment of smart cameras and re-positioning of security paraphernalia at the airport, the same objective can be achieved.