New Delhi: Wallets, mobile phones, chargers and any other electronic item may be subject to separate screening out of hand bags at airports, according to a Times of India report. Till now, only laptops and tablets were required to be kept in trays for screening. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: 11 CISF Jawans Posted at Mumbai Airport Test Positive For COVID-19
The report further said that odd-sized pens are also being screened in view of knives being detected in the past few days. In the last few weeks, commuters flying out of Delhi have been asked to follow these new rules for faster security clearance. Also Read - Passengers on IndiGo Flight to Jeddah Try to Open Flight Door During Take-off, Deboarded
“While scanning handbags, the screen shows lot of clutter in bags. In case of a jumbled picture, screeners request removal of other electronic items and chargers. Pens are checked for knives if they are heavier,” a CISF official was quoted by Times of India as saying. Also Read - Coronavirus: Delhi Airport at a Greater Risk of Importing nCov Than Other Indian Airports, Claims Study
In case of suspicion, the bags need to be checked manually which slows the process of security check. Removing wallets, mobile phone and other electronic devices will help speed up the process of handbag screening without affecting the quality of checks in any way, another CISF official said.
Returning to the old practice, the CISF will put up boards at pre-embarkation security check (PESC) points, reminding flyers to remove things not allowed in the aircraft cabin that might have remained in the handbag by mistake.
Last year, the CISF had raised the concern of increasing rush as choked airport like Delhi and Mumbai. It said that despite the passenger traffic increasing by 65 per cent in the last five years, the security infrastructure and manpower have remained the same, resulting in congestion at security check points and undue pressure on security personnel for speedy clearance.