BCAS asks airports to immediately enhance security

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New Delhi, Feb 13 (PTI) Heightened security measuresare being put in place at all Indian airports with the Bureauof Civil Aviation Security asking operators to urgentlyinstall CCTVs and take other measures to secure the entireairport area, right from the entry point.

A fresh directive has been issued by BCAS, which isresponsible for aviation security, following growing threatperceptions weeks after the December terror attack at Moscow''sDomodedovo airport, sources said.

The latest aviation security order instructs airportauthorities to keep a tab on all movements, including theparking lots and the airside.

Restrictions on visitors inside terminals or carryingof baggage in the arrival and departure areas bynon-passengers have also been put in place, the sources said.

The number of CISF personnel at entry and exit pointsas well as parking lots was being enhanced, besidesinstallation of CCTV cameras in parking areas, they said.

The move comes ahead of a crucial conference here fromMonday which is to be attended by security experts fromvarious countries who would discuss the emerging threats tothe sector and review aviation security activities.

The four-day Regional Aviation Security Conference,being held under the aegis of UN body International CivilAviation Organisation, would evolve an aviation securityroadmap which can be used by countries to proactively andjointly counter and prevent acts of unlawful interferenceagainst international civil aviation.

The sources said non-metallic explosive devices werenow the foremost threat to passenger airlines and it wasimperative that detection capabilities are enhanced.

However, they pointed out that when new technologiesto detect and capture those who intend to carry out terrorattacks are being implemented, it was absolutely imperativethat all steps are taken to protect the privacy rights of theair travellers.

In this context, they said, the US government wasbringing a law to forbid the posting of an airline passenger''sfull-body body scanner image on the Internet.

The proposed legislation, introduced last week in theUS Congress, would criminalise any such posting and impose onviolators fines of up to USD 1,00,000 and jail terms of up toone year, official source here said quoting reports.

Similar laws would be needed in India whenever suchAdvanced Imaging Technology is put in place at airports here,they said. .

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