New Delhi: Security at 22 airports across the country has been dramatically increased following a red-alert issued by intelligence agencies after India conducted surgical strikes across the Line of Control targeting terror launch pads or staging areas in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.
At the Delhi airport, the Central Industrial Security Force -- the paramilitary agency tasked with securing vital installations - has visibly increased its presence. Several road blocks have been put up to screen vehicles coming into the airport.
Quick Response Teams of CISF personnel on armoured vehicles have been stationed at strategic points in and around the airport to counter any mobile threats that manage to make it past the road blocks. QRTs have also been stationed near exit and entry points of various terminals of the airport.
According to sources, the CISF has also cancelled leaves of several officers to ensure that a number of personnel are available for duty. Only 10-12 officers are allowed on leave at a time, compared to 50-60 who were sanctioned leaves earlier.
The force has also mandated additional training for its officers on duty at the airport to effectively manage crisis situations. Its personnel are being trained, during and after duty hours, in evacuation of passengers and sealing off the airport in case of an emergency.
Inside the airport, multiple teams with sniffer dogs have been deployed to check on passengers coming into the airport.
These security measures also require the passengers to come at least an hour before the original guidelines - three hours for international flights and two hours for domestic flights. Passengers have also been asked to be ready for surprise security checks before boarding.
CISF sources claim they have remained on high alert ever since Paksitani terrorists attacked the Uri army base in September. However after India targeted terrorists across the LoC, the threat perception has been increased to an all-time high.