Authorities say security measures at Calicut airport are effective

Authorities at the Calicut International Airport at Karipur, near here, today said security measures at the airport were effective, in light of allegations of theft of valuables from passengers’ baggages.

Baggage movement is under CCTV surveillance and it is also being monitored by airline and CISF security personnel, the airport Director (Acting) K. Mohammed Shahid said in a release.

The Airport Security Committee has been taking various measures to curtail such activities, he added.

Personnel handling baggage inside aircraft cargo hold area are frisked by airline security at the tarmac and by the CISF at the exit gate, he said.

Shahid said with regard to the alleged incidents recently, CCTV footage was viewed and no tampering of baggage was observed.

Complaints from passengers concerned were being handled by the respective airlines with their counterparts in Dubai and it is learnt that the matter is taken up with Dubai airport authorities and security agencies, he said.

The enhanced security measures at the Calicut airport and no complaints from departing passengers indicated that the measures were effective, he added.

A section of the media reported that passengers of Air India Express who arrived at 7.20 a.m on Wednesday, had alleged that they lost valuables like gold chains, watches and mobile phones at the airport.

A protest march was reportedly taken out by members of Muslim Youth League, demanding an end to what they alleged as “looting of passengers”.