No stamping of hand baggage at 7 Indian airports from April 1

The tag on hand baggage has an identification number which can locate the counter where the bag was screened. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION New Delhi, India Mar 30, 2017, 03.12 PM (IST)

Seven airports across India will do away with stamping and tagging of hand baggage from April 1, the government announced Thursday.

There will be no more stamping of hand baggage in the airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Cochin, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said.

"The system of stamping and putting tags on the hand baggage of fliers will be dispensed with from April 1 at seven airports. We have put in place the required security systems that will help us in ushering in this passenger-friendly move," CISF Director General OP Singh told PTI.

The CISF took the decision for both domestic and international flyers after installing upgraded technology including high definition cameras in security check areas and improvements in X-ray machines, media reports said.

The tag on handbags has an identification number which can locate the counter where the bag was screened. The idea is to fix responsibility in case of a flight safety threat.

Complete coverage through cameras allows the same thing to happen without stamping.

Most developed countries, including the US and EU nations, do not require stamping hand baggage tags or boarding cards.

India is among the few still following the practice. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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