To Avert 9/11-Type Terror Attack, CISF Personnel Asked Not to be Over-Friendly With Passengers at Airports
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New Delhi, October 9: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel deployed at airports will temper their 'passenger-friendly' functioning to avert a 9/11-type terrorist attack. Speaking at a press conference, CISF DG Rajesh Ranjan on Monday said 'over-friendly' approach was one of the reasons behind security breach that led to the 9/11 attacks in the US. He said CISF personnel would focus more their core duty: security.

Rajesh Ranjan said the security staff in the US compromised on security because they went out of the way to ensure that the passenger is facilitated. “We cannot be over-friendly with the passengers because one of the reasons cited as to why 9/11 (the 2001 terror attack on the World Trade Centre in the US) happened… was excessive reliance on passenger-friendly features," the CISF DG was quoted as saying. 9/11 Attacks Anniversary Special: Conspiracy Theories Behind WTC Twin Tower & Pentagon Plane Crash.

CISF ADG (Aviation) MA Ganapathy also said that the force was moving from a “Broad Smile System” to “Sufficient Smile System” to ensure foolproof security at airports. “So, friendly smiles are good, but the focus should be on the core duties (of security) that we perform at the airports as also rightly pointed out by the ADG," Ranjan added. The CISF has introduced new technologies such as body scanners and body-worn cameras for its personnel at airports. Delhi IGI Airport Owes CISF Rs 778 Crore For Security, Airports Under AAI Have Outstanding Bills of Rs 90 Crore.

While the scanners will ensure that a traveller does not conceal any item in his body that could be a security risk to the terminal or in the aircraft, the body cameras will be sported by CISF jawans for audio-visual recording of the interaction between them and the arriving passenger and its feedback will be used to better flying procedures and ensure correct behaviour by both parties.

CISF personnel are also getting focused training on behavioural analysis from International Consultants on Targeted Security, Europe and the Transport Security Administration with help from the BCAS and the Intelligence Bureau, reported Indian Express. The specially trained force is responsible for security at as many as 60 airports across the country.