Realising the danger posed by cargo piled up at airports across the country,the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has made it mandatory for airport operators to put in place explosives trace detectors at all points of screening. The detectors can locate explosives from the vapours emanating from the containers.
Though the terminal buildings already have such detectors,the aviation security regulator has now asked all airports to use it in off-side areas and cargo terminals too.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation ,which conducted a high-level security meeting in Canada in September,had asked the member countries to implement tighter measures to tackle potential threats posed by airport,airline and cargo sector personnel.
The possibility of explosives being moved around after being hidden in courier parcels or in other cargo consignment cannot be ruled out. We have asked all the airport operators now to frisk all the cargo consignment with these detectors, said a senior official on condition of anonymity.