Singha wrote:that is because there is no easy access from passenger deck to cargo hold. some maintainence steps or manhole may exist but locked up. perhaps keys needed to open. hijacking with weapons stowed in cargo hold hence not possible.
in earlier model there was no post-checkin Xray of baggage, but it was x-rayed pre-checkin and its done by a mix of cisf and airline staff. its still the case in many high threat airports like GAU. so placing bad stuff in checkin baggage gets checked whether pre or post checkin. pre checkin there is definitely govt people in places like GAU looking at the xrays.
even in BLR there are xray scanners in entrance and based on gut feel they check it at entry also. I have myself had it done once.
also in GAU type airports , earlier the checkin luggage was lined up on the tarmac and while proceeding to a/c you had to identify your bags to have it loaded - this to take care of bombs being sent in bags while pax stays back in toilet or crawls away. boarded pax list carefully checked vs those that checked in. even in intermediate stops, those who deboard need to show boarding pass to prevent a timed attack where the attacker slips away earlier.
the stamps on carry on baggage checked repeatedly. maybe in more "secure" airports with lot of cctv and access control/QRT its now ok not to have. top20 airports probably no more have.
I have heard security measures in Srinagar is even more.
our enemies have to only succeed once like the kandahar episode, while we have to succeed every time. there is no room for laxity and easy peasy measures in indian scenario. hawks and have-nots are always probing for weak links.
Nope. It has more to do with some 'profiling' and other such things. By the way CISF screeners and airport screeners both have identical training in screening procedures on identical equipment because BCAS rules are all same. Also explosives are just as important a threat as hijacking and possibly more, and the above explanation doesn't cover that aspect.
And baggage screening pre check-in at most airports has nothing to do with threat perception. It is simply due to a lack of so-called 'inline' screening that finally came to India only with new HYD and BLR - the takeaway conveyors move through multiple levels of baggage screening after the check-in agent accepts your bag, all deep within the belly of the airport, away from passenger eyes. Of course, if something objectionable is found, there are procedures in place to handle it.
Almost all the AAI airports in India still operate with the old process described above. Kolkata and Chennai are finally moving into inline screening now with modifications to the baggage handling systems.
The Kanishka episode put an end to the 'pax in the toilet' scenario. If a passenger is not onboard, the plane can't take off till her/her luggage is offloaded. This is SOP.
Lastly, stamps on hand baggage (a uniquely Indian creation, just like the famed concept known as 'NOC'
) existed basically to identify the guy (or girl) who slipped up in letting something get through when it shouldn't have - as simple as that.