Stamping, Tagging of Fliers’ Hand Baggage to End at 7 Airports 

Stamping and tagging of hand baggage for fliers at seven major airports will be done away with by 1 April.

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Stamping and tagging of the hand baggage of fliers at seven major airports, including Delhi and Mumbai, will be done away with from 1 April, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said on Thursday.

The other airports which will see the new system of baggage security coming in include the ones in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Cochin and Ahmedabad.

The system of stamping and putting tags on the hand baggage of fliers will be dispensed with from 1 April at seven airports. We have put in place the required security systems that will help us usher in this passenger-friendly move.
OP Singh, CISF Director General, to PTI

The move, the CISF chief said, will enhance "passenger experience and provide hassle free security environment to them".

Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju further said:

We expect considerable improvement in security check time and passenger experience with this change.

The move was earlier announced by the aviation security regulator, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), but the Central Industrial Security Force wanted to deploy appropriate security infrastructure before such a regime could be ushered in without any compromise on the security aspect at these sensitive facilities.

Singh said his personnel have been updated about the new protocol and that he himself had seen the preparations made in this regard at the Bengaluru airport on Wednesday.

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