Hijack Threat To Air India Aircraft; Security Beefed Up At Mumbai Airport

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Mumbai: Security measures have been tightened at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport here following a threat to hijack an Air India aircraft, officials said on Saturday.

According to reports, Air India’s Mumbai control centre received a phone call threatening to hijack its plane and fly it to Pakistan. Following the threat, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) ordered all airlines and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to follow specific enhanced measures to ensure security, as per an official note.

“It’s not a specific threat and its likely to be a hoax call. But all steps in response to such a threat message have been initiated,” said a CISF personnel.

Several steps were taken which included strict access control to regulate entry into the terminal building, airside and all operational areas, enhanced screening of passengers, staff and visitors, random screening at the main gate, enhanced screening of cargo hold, catering etc.

According to the official note, the other measures to be followed are: intensive checking of vehicles entering car parking area to preclude possibility of car bomb attacks, enhanced screening and protection of cargo baggage, cargo terminal, mails, surveillance through CCTV cameras as well as manual surveillance in and around the terminal building and operational areas, quick reaction team and perimeter patrolling to be strengthened, manning of all cargo gates and any other security measures based on local intelligence inputs.

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