New Delhi, Nov 11: Airports in Goa, Pune, Nagpur and Tiruchirappalli did away with the rule of stamping and tagging of passengers’ hand baggages from Friday. This means that 23 airports in the country, out of the total 59 under the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) security cover, are now tag-free for hand baggage.

According to the CISF, soon 27 other airports,identified by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will also go tag-free for hand baggage in its fifth phase of roll out.

A Press Trust of India (PTI) report quoted CISF spokesperson Assistant Inspector General Hemendra Singh saying that the four airports (Goa, Pune, Nagpur and Tiruchirappalli) made all the required security arrangements to roll out the new protocol with the re-positioning of security paraphernalia and deployment of smart cameras as per the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) mandate.

BCAS had also asked the airport operators to increase the length of the output roller of the X-ray machine for easy checking of the hand bags, PTI said.

Earlier the tagging of hand bag was a major issue mentioned in the complaints which consumed lot of time. In several cases, if tags were mistakenly not stamped, passengers had to go through the security check again and get it stamped, adding to the already hassled process.

Stamping and tagging pin points the accountability on the CISF personnel who clears the baggage, who assured there were no restricted items in the baggage.

In April this year, a committee consisting officials of the CISF, the BCAS and the airport operators was constituted  by the government to smoothen the roll-out of this new protocol at all the 59 CISF guarded airports, in a bid to enhance ‘passenger experience and provide hassle-free security environment to them’.