Aviation ministry plans doing away with cabin baggage tags

This is part of a larger plan to change the standard operating procedure (SOP) at all the airports in the country.

Written by Mihir Mishra | New Delhi | Published: September 8, 2012 1:41:42 am

Putting a tag on your cabin baggage and getting it stamped could soon be a thing of the past,as the civil aviation ministry is discussing a proposal to completely do away with this procedure. This is part of a larger plan to change the standard operating procedure (SOP) at all the airports in the country.

Across India,every passenger boarding a flight has to get a tag for the cabin baggage,which is then stamped at the security check and checked by the security personnel at the boarding gates.

“Why do we need a tag that is to be stamped and checked? There is no need for such a tag,if the security is in place. Removing tags will be inline with the airports internationally,which do not have any tags for cabin baggage,” said a senior ministry official,who did not want to be identified. The official said that the SOP followed at the airports needs to be looked into and decreasing the number of police personnel at the airport is also part of the plan.

“The need for a new Aviation Security Force (ASF) to replace the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF),which currently guards the airports across the country,is also being looked into,” the official said.

Airlines have also welcomed the move saying that this will be a relief for consumers. “There are many instances at any airport in a day when a passenger is returned from the boarding gate because of some problem or the other with the tag. This is unnecessary because one cannot reach till the boarding without getting the luggage checked,” said an airline official.

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