Security tightened at airports after plane hijack attempt

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 01:01, Mar 08,2019 | Updated: 01:02, Mar 08,2019


Amid concerns over airport security after a Biman plane underwent a hijack attempt, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh had taken measures at all airports in the country to ensure foolproof security of passengers of both domestic and international flights.
The CAAB authorities had taken necessary steps to reshape the overall security system at the airports to avoid recurrence of such incidents.
Civil aviation secretary Mohibul Haque said that from now on, the persons responsible for security check would not be allowed to carry mobile phones on duty.
The decision was taken to ensure 100 per cent and flawless security at the airports.
A letter in this regard had been sent to the airports, he added.
‘Security personnel won’t be allowed to carry mobiles and we’ll implement the decision,’ Mohibul Haque said.
Earlier, the security staff at the airports had been asked to keep their mobiles switched off on duty but it was difficult to monitor whether the phones were actually on or off.
The security staff members would have to deposit their mobiles at a designated place from now before their shift began, said Mohibul.
In case of emergency, the authorities concerned would take calls on behalf of the staff member concerned and inform them.
The security staff members would have to wear uniform designed and provided by the authorities.
Earlier, the CAAB gave an instruction that the passengers of domestic flights would have to show their photos and identity cards while travelling, he said.
The secretary said that there was a rule to change staff responsible for scanning every 20 minutes and from now it would be maintained strictly.
The authorities concerned would take steps for counselling staff members involved in scanning to avoid illusion, he said.
Talking about the alleged attempt to hijack a Biman plane, Mohibul said that it was found after primary investigation that the suspected hijacker was carrying a toy gun and had no explosive with
Negligence of duty by the security staff members was found during the investigation, he added.
Video footage showed that the five security members were not performing their duties with due attention while scanning luggage and frisking passengers at Shahjalal International Airport, Mohibul said.
Two supervisors of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh and three Ansar men had already been suspended for negligence of duty in this connection.
After talking to the crewmembers of the aircraft, it was found that the suspect was mentally imbalanced and his intention was not to harm people, said Mohibul.
On March 6, a committee, investigating the ‘hijack bid’ of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane, was given five more days to complete its task.
‘The decision was taken considering the sensitivity and importance of the matter,’ Mohibul Haque said on Wednesday.
A man boarded a Biman plane with a toy gun and tried to ‘hijack’ it at Chattogram airport on February 24. The hijacker identified as Polash Ahmed was later shot dead by joint forces.
The government formed a five-member committee, headed by additional secretary Md Mokabbir Hossain, to look into the incident on the same day.
The committee was given two more days on March 3 to finish investigation.
Regarding the incident in which film star Ilias Kanchan had passed through the security check point with a bag containing his revolver at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on March 5, the secretary said that the authorities concerned had suspended one of its officials for negligence of duty on the following
CAAB chairperson Air Vice-Marshal M Naim Hassan said that they had been investigating the incident and on-duty operator Fazlar Rahman was suspended over the issue.

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