The other airports are Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Trivandrum and Guwahati.

No hand luggage stamping at Chennai and five more airports from June 1
news Air Travel Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 08:00

The CISF has decided to end handbag stamping for domestic flyers at six more airports - Chennai, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Trivandrum and Guwahati from June 1 - CISF Director General O.P. Singh said.

Singh told IANS that a week-long trial at five more airports - Varanasi, Goa, Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar and Pune - will start from June 5. 

The Central Industrial Security Force's chief took the decision soon after successful implementation of the facility at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Cochin airports where handbag stamping was ended from April 1. 

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) had on February 23 sought the ending of stamping at the seven big airports. 

The CISF DG however said the handbag stamping is only stopped for domestic flyers. 

Passengers from airports where stamping of hand bags has ended can look forward to faster - and better - screening of hand bags. Security check lines will move faster and a person just stamping hand bags earlier will now be free to focus on screening. 

The CISF chief had earlier said the step would enhance the passenger experience and provide hassle-free security environment at airports without compromising with the security requirements.

Singh said the paramilitary force, responsible for the security of 59 airports across India, had taken appropriate measures to "upgrade the security system by adopting this new system for the convenience of passengers".

In 2016, the Civil Aviation Ministry had ordered the CISF to make Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore airports free from stamping on hand baggage tags on a pilot basis and then to expand it to other airports, based on its success.

The CISF then implemented it on trial basis for a week.

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