Terror threat to Chennai airport, 7-tier security in place


Security has been beefed up at Chennai airport, following an alert from the Central government in the wake of tension between India and Pakistan. A seven-tier security is in place and entry of visitors into the airport has been banned. The alert issued by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) said, “In view of the intelligence input in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack and subsequent developments, it is imperative to enhance the existing security measures being taken at all the civil aviation installations like airports, airstrips, airfields, air force stations, helipads, flying schools, aviation training institutes, so that no untoward incident takes place."

The BCAS wanted enhanced screening of passengers, staff and hand baggage and ‘strengthening of anti-terrorism measures’ and placement of quick response teams at all airports. Following this, sources said additional security personnel have been deployed at various points, including boarding gates, aero bridges and immigration. Patrolling has been strengthened inside the airport.
No vehicle should be parked in front of the terminal building and there should be intensive checking of vehicles entering car parking area, according to the alert notification. Another measure is — strict on ground monitoring of regulatory guidelines for operations of non-conventional aerial platform like microlight aircraft, aero models, paragliders, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), drones, power hang gliders and hot air balloons.