Security at airports is state of the art: Centre

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New Delhi: The Centre on March 21, 2022, said that State of art technologies are being used for better security at airports.

Giving a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation Gen. (Dr) V. K. Singh (Retd) said that the requirement of security is dynamic in nature and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) reviews the security systems at airports from time to time and upgrades the same as per requirement.

He said that the following state of the art technologies are in place/initiated for up-gradation of security systems at the airports:-

(i) Centralized Access Control System: This initiative is launched for issuance of biometric-enabled smart card-based Airport Entry Permit (AEP) and Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) based automated vehicle access control system, according to the terminal, zone and gate for secured and regulated access of employee/staff and airport vehicle.

(ii) Installation of Body Scanner at airports in a phased manner.

(iii) Digi Yatra: Digi Yatra policy launched by the Ministry of Civil Aviation in August, 2018, intends to provide seamless and hassle-free passenger experience at Indian airports, without the need for verification of ticket and ID at multiple touch points.

(iv) Radiological Detection Equipment (RDE): BCAS has issued an AVSEC Circular No. 01/2020 on Standard Operating Procedure for operationalization of RDE at Indian airports to prevent the radiological emergencies.

(v) Counter Drones/Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Systems: Recently, a circular has been issued by BCAS laying down specifications for detection and neutralization of UAVs at airports. (Press Release)


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