A team of the UN aviation watchdog International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) started its security audit for India recently during which it will review regulatory framework and the civil aviation security system of the country. The team will examine airport operations such as passenger and baggage security as well as cargo, catering and mail security. It will also assess training of aviation security personnel, quality control functions, aircraft and in-flight security and response to acts of unlawful interference, according to a senior official.
The objective of the programme is to promote global aviation security through continuous auditing and monitoring of aviation security performance of the 191 member states.
In order to inspect the country’s aviation system, the team will also visit the Chennai airport for three days. In Chennai, the ICAO team will visit cargo facilities operated by AAI, Blue Dart, Air India and Jet Airways. A team of the ICAO was also in the country in November last year for a safety oversight audit.