No tags needed for cabin baggage, now

Submitted by Kumuda on Thu, 2016-12-08 12:36 Bengaluru: Stamped tag on cabin baggage may be a thing of the past soon. For, the Civil Aviation Ministry has issued directions to do away with that practice at five airports – Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru – on a pilot basis. Cabin bags are rubber stamped at the time of security screening in India and passengers stand in queue to get tags. But “there are many first-time fliers who are unaware of the need for baggage tags. They stand in the security queue only to be told much later, either by a fellow passenger or security personnel, that tags are required. Such passengers go all the way back to the airline counter to collect the tag, which leads to delays,” observed D Sudhakara Reddy, national president of Air Passengers’ Association of India. “The new move will save passengers’ time while boarding and will not be a security hassle in any manner,” said Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey. Reddy said the move may also reduce CISF deployment at airports because there are guards deployed at boarding gates who verify the stamp on the tags.