The security alert sounded for all airports following the Pulwama attack on January 14 has been extended indefinitely, a move that has dashed hopes of an early end to long queues triggered by the beef up.
“We were informed at a meeting on Tuesday that the security alert has been extended for an indefinite period. Passengers are being asked to report at least three hours before departure to avoid missing flights,” an official at the Calcutta airport said.
Security personnel are asking passengers at random to take off shoes and socks in the security hold area. Most airlines are shifting their security personnel scanning registered luggage at the X-ray machines in the domestic section every 10 minutes.