Come Thursday and domestic flyers out of six more airports Chennai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati will not need to get their handbags stamped security checked said by Director General O.P. Singh. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has decided to end handbag stamping for domestic flyers at these airports from June 1. CISF director-general O P Singh said the paramilitary force will also begin a week-long trial at five airports Varanasi, Goa, Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar and Pune from next Monday to see how stamping handbags can end there too.
The Central Industrial Security Force’s chief took the decision soon after successful implementation of the facility at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Cochin airports where handbag stamping was ended from April 1. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) had on February 23 sought the ending of stamping at the seven big airports.
The CISF DG however said the handbag stamping is only stopped for domestic flyers.Passengers from airports where stamping of hand bags has ended can look forward to faster and better screening of hand bags. Security check lines will move faster and a person just stamping hand bags earlier will now be free to focus on screening.