Bhubaneswar: The Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Odisha capital has joined the list of airports in the country to do away with the earlier practice of stamping domestic passengers’ hand baggage tags.
From Saturday, the new protocol has been put into place.
Stamping of hand baggage tags will not be done anymore at Terminal 2. However, passengers travelling to international destinations from Terminal 1 will have to follow the baggage stamping procedure, BPIA Director Suresh Chandra Hota informed media.
This comes as a major relief for the passengers as the flyers had to queue up to get their baggages stamped after security check.
Henceforth, the passengers would only go through security check and proceed towards the lounge from where they can move to respective gates to board their flights.
Notably, a committee comprising officials of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the aviation security regulator Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and the airport operators was constituted early this year by the Central government to smoothen the roll—out of this new protocol at all the 59 airports guarded by the paramilitary force. Trial runs were conducted prior to enforcing stamp-free hand baggage regime.
BCAS had announced to end the stamping system, but CISF wanted to deploy appropriate security infrastructure prior to implementation of such regime without compromising the security of the vital installations.
In a related development, Air Asia launched flights to Ranchi from here yesterday. The service will be available through the week.