Safety measures in place at airport

Sushant Ranjan
Saturday, 14 March 2020

Flight SG 52, which arrived from Dubai, had 74 males, 41 females, 10 children and four infants. Among the 188 passengers, 11 were foreigners. 

PUNE: A passenger from Dubai with a one-year-old baby volunteered for quarantine at Pune Airport on Friday. She had arrived at Pune Airport by SpiceJet SG 52 and was suffering from cough. 

Flight SG 52, which arrived from Dubai, had 74 males, 41 females, 10 children and four infants. Among the 188 passengers, 11 were foreigners. 

The woman and her child were quarantined at Naidu Hospital. After arrival, she informed one of the officers that she is suffering from cough. “She informed us about her health. She was immediately sent to the isolation ward at the airport, where a medical team headed by an AAI doctor checked her and sent them to Naidu Hospital,” said a senior officer of Pune Airport. 

Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said, “Though she did not have a travel history to high-risk countries, she had a few symptoms. She approached the authorities and was quarantined. Along with her, 170 passengers were identified by tour operators who have history of travel to high-risk countries in the last one month,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the Pune Airport, is on high alert after citizens returning from abroad were found with coronavirus symptoms. The officials of Airport Authority of India (AAI) along with Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Customs and Immigration are taking all precautionary measures to screen passengers. A team of 30 officials are at the forefront to do the task of screening. 

From the last one week since March 6, as many as 1,753 passengers arrived from Dubai by SpiceJet and Air India. “We are making every effort to ensure the containment. All our international passengers are requested to fill up the self-declaration form,” said Pune Airport Director Kuldeep Singh.

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“For priority scanning of the baggage of suspect passengers, a separate scanner was provided by Customs officials. Later, a separate passage was provided for the passenger until s/he reaches the ambulance. Our officials were using masks, sanitizers and gloves after arrival and departure of international passengers. We are coordinating with immigration and medical teams for isolation and safe passage of suspect passengers,” said Customs Pune Joint Commissioner Vaishali Patange.

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