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13 Jul 2017

CISF, world's 'best airport security', misses 'explosives' at Delhi's IGIA

About ten days after the Central Industrial Security Force was named the 'best airport security' in the world for its services at the Delhi Airport, reports have emerged that a dummy explosive managed to pass through at least two layers of security at the same airport.

Fortunately, it was part of a check conducted by the Bureau for Civil Aviation Security, which CISF failed.

In context

What is security like at the Delhi Airport?

The test

BCAS conducted dummy tests at Pune, Delhi and elsewhere

The BCAS conducted checks at the airports in Delhi, Pune and some other places. The one at Delhi took place in April.

Officials put parts of explosives in a bag, though without the detonator. There was no problem in entering the airport.

It even passed the hand baggage check for a flight to Jammu.

Only then was CISF informed it had failed the test.


CISF assures action against lax staff

The CISF said it would take action against those who had failed to perform duties responsibly. Additional security training would be given, they assured.

Currently, it engages "an in-built software through which we throw random images of bomb, knives and other prohibited items". If staff fails to detect it, action is taken.

To ensure optimum concentration of personnel, baggage screeners are rotated hourly.

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The CISF maintains security at almost 60 Indian airports

CISF is responsible for security at 59 Indian airports. About 5,000 personnel are deployed at Delhi's IGIA. Three months earlier, the Airport Council International rated IGIA's security higher than Dallas, Dubai, Heathrow, LA and Paris. Then the World Quality Congress named it 'best airport security'.

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