Chennai, Mar 3: As part of strengthening security across the airports in the country following intelligence inputs in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, a high alert has been sounded at the Chennai Airport since Sunday and entry of visitors were banned till further orders.
Airport sources said a seven-tier security arrangement has been put in place at the airport in view of the alert issued by the Centre based on intelligence inputs in the back drop of tension in the Indo-Pakistan border. The sources said the entry of visitors was banned and passengers are allowed entry inside after thorough checks of their baggage.
Apart from fool-proof and enhanced screening of passengers and their baggages, including hand baggages, officials have also strengthened the anti-terrorism and anti-sabotage measure by keeping quick response teams on readiness in the airports, to handle any emergency.
Additional police personnel were deployed on security duty and bomb detection and disposal squad personnel and sniffer dogs were pressed into service as part of round the clock vigil. Officials have intensified checks at all places in the airport, including the parking areas, and the vehicles coming to drop and pick up the passengers were stopped at the entrance and were allowed in after thorough checks.
The airport authorities have also installed additional CCTV cameras as part of intensified vigil at fuel filling stations, cargo handling centres and car parking areas, which were also brought under high security cover. Apart from cancelling the leave granted to police and CISF personnel, manning the airport security, the sources said their working hours too has been increased as part of the security measures. (UNI)