Hand baggage tags could soon become a thing of the past at Indian airports just like those in the West.
The aviation ministry has decided to do away with the requirement of hand baggage tags, on a pilot basis, at five prominent airports in the country – Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore. “To begin with this would be tested on a pilot basis and depending on the results it would be extended to other airports,” said a ministry official.
Sources said instructions had been issued to the Central Industrial Security Force. The move is expected to help reduce security deployment at airports besides providing convenience to passengers.
At present, all cabin baggage must carry a tag which is stamped by security personnel after it has been scanned. Any passenger who forgets to carry a tag is not allowed to proceed further. Airports in the US and European countries have no such requirement.
“This was a completely unnecessary requirement that should have been done away with a long time back. All it did was cause inconvenience the passenger. When a passenger has been frisked and the baggage scanned, what purpose does the stamping achieve?” asked aviation expert Rajji Rai.