Tightened Airport Security Requires Shoes Off

Wednesday, 20th June 2012 at 09:12am

In the next two months, the door frame metal detectors (DFMDs) shall not only be able to detect prosthesis and surgical implants in the passengers' body but will also detect very tiny pieces of jewelry and metal in shoes.

The practice of removing footwear, jewelry and any metals inside the pockets of passengers when passing through DFMD have been carried out for years in many airports around the world, especially in the West. Indian airports may soon perform the same procedure to improve its security measures. The usual full body frisking would still be performed by the security personnel after passing through the detector.

The recalibration of all Indian airports' security equipment was the effort of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to adhere to international standards and specifications to provide optimum security not only to the facility itself but also to its passengers and all airport users. The new security measure is meant to address issues regarding terrorists' attempts to go through airport security checks with concealed weapons undetected, according to top aviation security.

Airport security staff will be also closely monitoring passengers with medical implants as they can potentially conceal tiny explosive devices.

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