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March 8, 2010

CISF awaits Centre's clearance to install body scanners in airports

     New Delhi: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Monday said that it is looking for the Government's clearance over installing body scanners at all airports. The CISF is incharge of providing security at airports around the country. The Bureau of Aviation Security and the Central Government have to clear the issues related to install body scanners. Addressing media here, CISF Director General N R Das said the government and other agencies involved in the process have to take a conscious decision as a lot of ethical issues are involved. Das also hinted that the body scanner could be made optional on the lines of security arrangements in US. "This (body scanning) can also be made optional or as secondary scanning. As I came to know through internet that in US it's a secondary screening, only when frisking personnel expresses suspicion over a particular passenger then only he / she will be made to undergo body scanning," Das said. Commenting on the same issue, CISF Additional Director General M S Bali, said the force is studying the technical report of scanners and a conscious decision would be taken very soon. "Body scanners were installed in one of the terminus in Delhi as experiment. Now we have removed them. We are examining the technical report of these scanners and also consulting the experts in the field," Bali said. He also added that a continuous evaluation of body scanning equipments would be conducted by the CISF before installing them. The CISF has trained 3,000 personnel to operate body scanning machines. Commenting on security in and around airports Das said the CISF is installing a perimeter security system at all airports to make them intrusion free. "The steps are being taken to install perimeter security system in place, once it is put in place then the area would be made intrusion free," Das said. Das said the CISF has imitated a programme " Lost and Found," under this materials of over 13.95 crore has been handed over to the owners or airport authorities. "In the field of aviation security in the year 2009, the CISF has recovered unattended property worth Rs. 13.95 crore and handed over either to the rightful owners or to the Airport operators," Das said. The CISF also put the details of the recovered unattended material on its website so as to inform the passengers about lost properties.
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