NEW DELHI: Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha will soon meet his counterpart in the home ministry to iron out the differences over the aviation security regulator’s order abolishing the practice of stamping hand baggage at major airports.
The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), under the aviation ministry, had last Thursday abolished stamping of cabin baggage tags at airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Cochin.
But the order could not be implemented as the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which has the mandate to secure the country’s airports and comes under the home ministry, had opoosed it.
“Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha is set to hold discussions with minister of state for home Kiran Rijiju to resolve the issue of implementation of aviation security regulator’s order on abolition of cabin baggage tags for air passengers,” an aviation ministry official said on condition of anonymity.
BCAS officials said though the CISF had “in principle” agreed with the order, it sought more time to execute it as it wanted to put in place additional security measures such as smart cameras. The trial was carried out at 12 airports.
Civil aviation ministry officials quoted earlier said the two ministers will discuss all such issues and arrive at a solution. As part of the second phase of the plan, the BCAS was to abolish stamping of hand baggage at airports in Chennai, Guwahati, Patna, Lucknow, Jaipur, Nagpur and Thiruvananthapuram.
Stamping hand bag tags or boarding cards has already been abolished in the US and several countries in the European Union.