Ahead of New Year, all airports placed under ‘very high alert’

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All airports have been ordered to remain on very high alert ahead of the New Year. The alert was issued by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.

Ahead of New Year, all airports placed under ‘very high alert’

The alert comes in the wake of Intelligence Bureau reports suggesting that groups such as the Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Islamic State-backed groups planning major strikes.

The intel report also quotes from other incidents across the world where lone-wolf attacks have been staged. The report states that terror groups could carry out either fidayeen strikes or lone wolf attacks such as stabbing or ploughing people with vehicles. Overall a very high state of alert has been declared.

Guidelines:

  • Intensive checking of vehicles entering car parking area to preclude possibility of car bomb attacks
  • Enhanced screening of passengers, staff and visitors including enhanced random screening at the main gate
  • Enhanced random check at the entry of terminal building including utilization of bomb disposal squad, dog Squad at the entry point.
  • Increase in physical and electronic surveillance including behaviour detection.
  • Deploy quick reaction teams
  • Manning of all cargo gates
  • Enhanced cooperation between IB, airport staff and local police
  • As New Year sets in 'very high state of alert' declared at all airports
  • Strict access control to regulate entry into terminal building, airside, all operational area and other aviation facilities
  • Enhanced screening and protection of hold baggage, cargo, cargo terminal, catering, mails
  • Enhanced surveillance through CCTV

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