The ongoing ‘Aviation Security Culture Week’ was launched in New Delhi with an aim to make passengers aware about prohibited things they should not carry while travelling even as average passengers travelling through 131 airports of India is approx.10 Lakhs daily.
“The govt. is committed to phase wise introduce body scanners at all major airports in next one and half year. Security is everyone’s responsibility, from screeners to cleaners, from industry leaders to frontline workers, and from taxi drivers to those working in airport retail outlets,” said Zulfiquar Hasan, Director–General, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). He expressed confidence that passengers will have smooth travel during the upcoming festive season with an increase in the security capacity at various airports.
‘Aviation Security Culture Week’ is being organized by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), under the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) which will last till 5th August 2023 having the theme “See it, Say it, Secure it”.
The security personnel faces a daunting task as at the security check points approximately 11,000 screeners are deployed, who screen around 5 lakhs departing passengers and 9 lakhs handbags every day.
To help the screeners, around 600 baggage X-ray machines and 1000 DFMDs are deployed at security checkpoints of Indian airports. To secure Indian skies, BCAS is committed to promote a strong and effective aviation security culture.
Capt. Shri Devi Sharan, senior aviator and instructor in Air India, famously known as the Captain of the flight IC-814, hijacked to Kandahar in 1999, was the chief guest in the event. Anil Sharma, head of cabin team and chief purser of IC-814, was the guest of honour in the event.
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Both shared their experience of IC-814 and complemented BCAS for their continuous effort in ensuring no such incident take place again.
Aviation security culture refers to the collective beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of individuals within the aviation industry and among the air passengers related to security practices and procedures inherent in the daily operation of airports and flights.