New Delhi: No core security activity is being privatised at airports across the country and only non-core security is being outsourced, government said in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
"No core security activity is being privatised. Core security is with the government. Only non-core security is being outsourced to involve them in areas like baggage pick up as trained manpower is required. We follow the pattern of security as laid down in the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security," Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said when asked whether core security was being outsourced.
To a question on installation of inland baggage screening equipment to prevent long queues at airports, the Minister said it is an expensive system and its installation depends on the number of passengers at airports.
"The system is in place at some airports. But it depends on the number of passengers. Where passengers are high, the equipment will be installed," Raju said, adding that this was a dynamic process.
In his written reply, he said, there are no laid down regulations on reporting time for air travellers at airports.
"To avoid inconvenience to air passengers due to recent security alert in the country, an advisory was issued by Air India advising its passengers that check-in will commence 3 hours prior to departure and closed 45 minutes prior to departure for domestic passengers and 60 minutes for international passengers," the Minister said.
He said appropriate security measures are put in place at various airports depending on the threat perception and intelligence inpouts. "Further course of action is decided from time to time based on the security requirements,"he said.