While launching the biometric AEP system, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that certain parts, like the baggage area, should be more restricted.
File photo of Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri (Image: PTI)
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Monday that the central government was issuing too many airport entry permits (AEPs) and it was time to restrict certain parts such as the baggage area to a specific set of AEP-holders. “The fact is that we are issuing too many airport passes…I can understand that the airport access is wanted by tourist operators and so and so,” said Puri, while launching the biometric-based AEP system on Monday.”I also understand that if you suddenly curtail this you have a problem on your hands because those people say that the tourism industry is already moribund and you are putting more restrictions,” he added.
Currently, around two lakh employees of various stakeholders, airlines, ground handling agencies, food chain operators, etc, have AEP passes who move in and out of the airport on a daily basis. Covering 43 airports of AAI and five joint venture airports at present, the biometric-enabled Centralised Access Control System (CACS) project will digitise the employee movement process.