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Airport security personnel to undergo special training

Last Updated: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 11:11

New Delhi: With the emergence of new kinds of threats to aviation security, all personnel involved in ensuring safety of aircraft and airports across the country will undergo special training from next month.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) would impart training in batches on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and bomb threat contingency plan to security personnel deployed by airport operators, airlines, air traffic controllers and forces like the CISF, official sources said here.

As those planning attacks are adopting innovative methods to carry out strikes, the security procedures will have to be adjusted accordingly, the sources said.

The screening of shoes was introduced only after British-born Richard Reid attempted to blow up a plane in December 2001 carrying plastic explosives packed in his shoes.
Likewise, when explosives were found concealed in linings of the underwear of a terror suspect, it prompted the introduction of full-body scanners.

The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad of the BCAS would be holding day-long courses for the personnel on a rotational basis in two or three phases at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, they said.

The refresher courses would start from March three and go on till December in different phases covering all sections of concerned security staffers.

The course on IEDs will include topics ranging from recognition of these explosives to how to handle a threat as well as the capabilities of dog squads to spotting of IEDs in
X-Ray machines.

On bomb threats, the personnel would be taught to work on a contingency plan, the broad contours of which have already been outlined.

The training programme would include lessons on the role of bomb threat assessment committee and the procedures to search an area in response to such a threat.

The sources also spoke of the need to have security plans for small airports or air strips strewn across the country.

In this context, they pointed towards the latest case of February 18 when one Joseph Stack flew his single-engine aircraft into a seven-storey office building of the Internal
Revenue Service in Austin, US.

Smaller airports everywhere have little or no staffing at all, and pilots and visitors can come and go as they please, they pointed out.


First Published: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 11:11
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