New Delhi : Passengers flying from six major airports in the country will soon travel hassle-free as the mandatory practice of getting a security stamp on their hand baggage is being done away with by the CISF as part of a pilot project to smoothen air travel.

A decision in this regard was firmed up on Thursday during a high-level meeting between the airport security brass of the security force and top executives of over a dozen major airlines operating in the country.

“Starting December 15, we are beginning a pilot project at six major airports where passengers will not be required to get the security stamp on the tags on their hand baggage.They can get their other security checks done and board their flights. This is a passenger friendly measure that we have initiated,” CISF Director General O P Singh told PTI after the meeting here.

The pilot project will be started at airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. The CISF DG added that the initiative will be extended to other airports too, based on the feedback received.

As per rules now, a passenger flying, either within the country or abroad, has to get a security stamp on the tag put on his or her hand baggage that they take with them in the aircraft. The stamp ensures that the baggage has been thoroughly checked and is safe to be carried.

Central Industrial Security Force officials, however, said that with the increase of technology by way of scanning a bag through x-ray, CCTV and trained CISF security personnel on the spot, such a tag is not anymore required and hence is being done away with by way of a pilot project.             –PTI

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