Last week I had discussed the need to review the requirement of Indian aviation security agencies of placing a stamp on boarding passes and hand luggage tags.
Many readers have commented about similar experiences and the frivolity of having such an archaic system which has become irrelevant in a modern world where threats are more insidious and require ever increasing levels of alertness from our security agencies.
To demonstrate how insignificant, security agencies treat the information on the stamp, a Bangalore Aviation reader sent in this picture.
The reader has travelled on April 8th, but the security stamp is dated April 18th — six days in the future as of today. (Editors note: for privacy reasons the seat number, passenger name and airline sequence number have been erased)
The passenger travelled without a hitch, thank you. It appears that the CISF guard at the boarding gate was only concerned that a stamp was applied, and not with the accuracy of the stamp.
So what is preventing a terrorist from bypassing the security and attaching a hand-baggage tag which was stamped earlier?
Bengaluru International Airport has a very strong and fool-proof security system. If the security system is fool-proof and a person cannot bypass the security, then why need the stamp?
Quod Erat Demonstratum(QED).
It is time for the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security to encourage airports which invest in security by removing archaic rules to help them improve efficiency and become role models for those that have not.