Pune airport on high alert, security hiked

Sushant Ranjan
Sunday, 11 August 2019

Passengers asked to reach airport early

Pune: The security at Pune airport has been beefed up after the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) alerted airports across the country, including all the airlines. The airlines have also asked passengers to reach the airport three hours prior to departure time. The decision was taken after recent developments pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is responsible for security at Pune airport, carried out strict checking of aeroplanes and passengers. 

“The presence of security personnel in and around the airport has been increased,” said a CISF officer.

“We have instructed all airlines to conduct a thorough security check inside the aircraft as well,” added the CISF officer.

The BCAS alert will be in force till August 31 or till further order. While aviation security is enhanced every year in the run-up to August 15, it is more stringent this year due to higher threat perception after the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir.

As per the alert issued, enhanced screening of passengers, including 100 per cent full pat-down search at pre-embarkation security checkpoints (will be done). No vehicle will remain parked in front of the terminal building. The alert also calls for strict monitoring of non-schedule (charter) operations including air-ambulance. Check-in baggage and cargo will be screened rigorously. “Air travellers should leave for the airport early till month-end due to enhanced security checks of vehicles approaching terminal and also of the passengers inside the terminal as this could increase screening time,” said an airline staff of Pune airport.

“During the checking, the passengers are being asked to take off their belts, watches and even shoes. The passengers are cooperating with the security guards and the staff of the airline,” said a senior officer from an airline.

Airport Safety Measures

  • Checking vehicles in the parking area
  • Screening of passengers and staff members
  • Increased random screening at the main gate and random checks at the entry of the terminal building.
  • Intensive physical and electronic surveillance and enhanced behaviour detection, enhanced screening of baggage, cargo, catering, mails.
  • Presence of quick reaction teams, BDS, dog squad at entry points.

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