An open-air security check facility was set up by the CISF on the tarmac at Delhi airport to screen passengers arriving from coronavirus-affected countries.
The security station is equipped with hand-held detectors, baggage screening x-ray machines and door-frame metal detectors to frisk passengers who are brought to the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on way to quarantine centres created in other cities.
As these passengers cannot be brought to the main terminal area and have an onward journey, it was decided to create a security station right along the tarmac, a Central Industrial Security Force spokesperson said. This open-air station cleared the first lot of 236 passengers on Sunday morning when Indian passengers evacuated from Iran landed here on way to an Army quarantine centre in Rajasthan’s border town of Jaisalmer.
The passengers deboarded a Mahan airlines flight at about 3 am and were transferred to two Air India charters to Jaisalmer after each passenger was frisked by CISF staff and their baggage scanned at the makeshift security station, the spokesperson said. “A special component of CISF personnel equipped with full-body protective gear carried out the pre-embarkation security checks of these passengers,” he said.