Pune airport put on high alert after Karachi attack

Jun 10, 2014, 06:28 IST | A Correspondent

Quick response team, six sniffer dogs deployed at the international airport as a precautionary measure, after militants attacked Karachi airport on Sunday night

In the wake of militant attacks at Karachi’s international airport on Sunday night, all major airports in the country, including the Pune International Airport, were on high alert yesterday. The officials at Pune airport said that the security personnel had been put on high alert since Monday morning.

Pune Airport
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Passengers were asked to get their baggage checked before entering the airport terminal building, and had to go through baggage screening twice — one at the terminal entry gate and a second time before the baggage was checked inside the terminal building.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) checked the terminal building at intervals of 15 minutes. The quick response team and a team of six sniffer dogs were put on duty round the clock.

“Although we have not received any specific alert, we have beefed up security at Pune airport for precautionary reasons. The civil airport is situated on Indian Air Force property and, therefore, it is regarded as a sensitive airport,” said a CISF official, on condition of anonymity.

He added, “We have deputed well-trained officers at various locations in the airport. We also have a six-member sniffer dog squad, which is carrying out regular checks. We have instructed the security to check baggage manually before sending it for screening, to ensure that no suspicious objects enter the terminal. Airport security is on high alert until further notice.”

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