Aviation Secy: India needs to think about US-like ‘TSA’ security at airports

Aviation Secy: According to a top official, India needs to establish a special force for airport security on the lines of the United States’ Transportation Security Administration (TSA) due to the challenges arising with the growth of the aviation sector in the country.

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Rajiv Bansal, the Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), has asked aviation stakeholders for suggestions and views on how to enhance India’s aviation security and implement US-like security measures.

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Bansal believes that India’s aviation sector is growing rapidly and will face challenges, making it essential to have security similar to that of the TSA in the United States. Referring to the 9/11 terrorist attack and the Kanishka crash, he stressed the need for India to start thinking about security measures similar to those of the United States.

Aviation Secy: Pointed Out 9/11 Attack

Bansal pointed out that the 9/11 attack in the United States was a paradigm incident that changed global security, and the formation of the TSA concept was a result of this incident. He suggested that India should start thinking about this concept to ensure the security of its aviation sector.

The TSA is responsible for developing security measures for the entire US transportation system, including highways, railroads, buses, mass transit systems, enrolment pipelines, and intermodal freight facilities. Its primary focus, however, is on airport security and preventing aircraft hijackings.

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Current Security at the Airports

Bansal solicited views and suggestions from the audience, including past and present DGs, stating that he would be happy to take any input.

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Aviation Secy

Currently, India’s airport security is managed by two professional security agencies, the Central Industries Security Forces (CISF) and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), which report to the Home Ministry of the country.

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