The government on Friday invited suggestions from the public and stakeholders by September 17 on draft rules on screening of passengers with prosthetic limbs at airports in India.
In view of many complaints from passengers with artificial limbs who were asked to remove them during frisking ahead of departures from different airports, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) had constituted a committee to suggest changes to ensure that there is no inconvenience to such passengers, but without diluting security standards.
The committee has come up with draft rules, including visual check, Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) and X-ray screening, depending on the circumstances of each case since the matter needs to be handled with sensitivity.
“Passenger with prosthetics/braces/support appliances will inform the airline concerned and must be accompanied by an airline representative, preferably of the same gender as the passenger,” according to draft rules quoted by a Civil Aviation Ministry statement.
Source: Business Standard.