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Airports are permitted to use private security personnel

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Airports are permitted to use private security personnel

The government has given airport operators permission to use private security guards at airports, which represents a substantial change in how airport security is administered.

Since the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) took over responsibility for airport security following the Kandahar Hijack incident in 2002, private security has not been permitted in airports till now.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the nodal agency in charge of aviation security, issued a directive that permits airports to contract out the task of staffing security in non-core areas like separating passengers at airport gates, managing the line in front of boarding counters, handling baggage, guarding the cargo area, and guarding the visitors’ gallery.

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The action was taken because the centre believed that the CISF’s strength was insufficient to handle the rapidly increasing volume of air travel. Currently, the Aviation Security Group of the CISF staffs 64 of the 118 active airports. The remaining members are assigned to state police or India Reserve Battalions. According to a poll by the Center, there is a discrepancy between the CISF’s 29,399 members and the 30,003 required for airport security.

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