In order to beef up security at airports, all employees working at these facilities across the country will have to furnish their Aadhaar number to obtain the mandatory Airport Entry Passes (AEPs) used for entry and exit. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the mandated force for civil airports, will implement the measure from January 1 after the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) issued an order in this regard on its request.
“From January 1, all AEPs will be made using the Aadhaar number of the individual working or employed at the airport. A committee constituted in this regard has mandated that these passes will only be made using the Aadhaar number. “For the old existing passes, the validity has been extended till March 31,” CISF Director General O P Singh said. The DG added that the force had made a request in this regard to the BCAS, the agency that frames airport security rules, as it was witnessing instances of fake or tampered AEPs being used by people to enter these sensitive facilities.
A senior CISF official explained that at times when an employee working at the airports was found to be indulging in a criminal act and his AEP was suspended or blacklisted, it was found that the individual got enrolled in a different company and again started entering the airport using a new AEP. This system was not ensuring fool-proof ID authentication of employees working across various ranks at airports and hence using the Aadhaar number will allow that no duplicity or forging is done while getting an AEP, they said.
The BCAS, in order to ensure that AEPs are not forged and tampered with, keeps changing the design and colour of the passes every year, but linking the creation of such an ID with the biometrics powered Aadhaar number will ensure a fool-proof security, they said. The force has also sought creation of a AEP database so that red flags can be raised against defaulters or those who have been caught in wrongdoing, the official said. Each AEP is checked by CISF security personnel during entry and exit at airports. The force at present guards 59 civil airports in the country.