New Delhi, August 9: In another incident of a security breach at the Indira Gandhi International airport, three men, including a Canadian and an Afghan national, were apprehended from the Airport by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Tuesday. The accused used fake or edited tickets to enter the check-in area to see off their relatives. According to a report published in Hindustan Times, the CISF is now planning to install a scanner at the entry to detect if a ticket is fake or original.
As per the report, on Tuesday, at around 8:51 am, CISF personnel at Terminal 3 noticed two passengers who were identified as Canadian national Virender Garg and an Indian national Kunal Garg were roaming about the check-in area. After questioned by the CISF officials both revealed that they had gained access by showing an edited flight ticket by printing their names on it to see off their relatives who were flying to Bangkok.
On the same day, at 1.21pm, An Afghan national Khalid Waziri was apprehended by the CISF officials after he was found roaming in the check-in area of terminal 3. He disclosed that he had gained access into the terminal by showing a cancelled ticket to see off his father who was going to Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan. All the three accused were handed over to the police for further investigation.
In the past also many incidents have taken place where, people managed to enter the check-in area by showing edited, fake or cancelled tickets. The CISF officials check ID proofs at the gate and let them in. A senior CISF officer told Hindustan Times, “In order to curb the menace, agencies such as the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and CISF are planning to install a scanner at the entry to scan tickets. This will raise the alarm if the tickets are not for the same day’s flight,”
Airlines are also planning to ask passengers for some personal details at the time of booking for sharing with the CISF. The security force is also mulling to get the database of the passengers who would come to the airport on a given day. In the last two weeks, two such incidents were reported in which one Chinese and two Iranian citizens were involved.