New system to monitor smuggling at New Delhi airport

26 November 2014 (Last Updated November 26th, 2014 18:30)

The Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, will see the launch of an electronic system for alerting authorities about suspicious travellers.

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The Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, will see the launch of an electronic system for alerting authorities about suspicious travellers.

Developed by the National Informatics Centre with the help of the Directorate General of Systems under the Finance Ministry, the new electronic Indian customs advanced passenger information system (APIS) has been developed on the model of the electronic advanced passenger information system used by customs and border protection officials in the US.

The APIS will act as an electronic database with the information about all passengers crew and other airline staff entering and exiting Indira Gandhi International Airport, reported the Press Trust of India (PTI).

"The APIS will act as an electronic database with the information about all passengers crew and other airline staff entering and exiting Indira Gandhi International Airport."

The technology will help monitor smuggling at the airport, which witnessed a rise this year, as it automatically red-flags suspicious travellers based on their movement and other parameters, giving custom officials a lead to keep a tab on such passengers.

The system will also be capable of handling information, including the issuance of red corner notices against wanted persons and warrants issued by Interpol and other law enforcement agencies.

A successful pilot has already been run at the airport, reported PTI.

Currently, the airport has a capacity of handling more than 46 million passengers annually.

The Hindu Businessline had reported earlier that the airport handles approximately 120 international flights daily. Approximately 363 cases of gold smuggling had been registered by the custom officials at the airport in 2013-14.


Image: The domestic departure terminal at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Photo: courtesy of Indira Gandhi International Airport.