New Delhi. 05 August 2017. Indian airports should be the most secured ones globally. At present, 26 airports are categorized as Hyper-sensitive and 56 airports as Sensitive.

The State Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) etc. have been deployed at the airports where CISF are not deployed. These agencies are providing security at airports as per the mandate of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the regulatory authority for civil aviation security in India.

Counter Terrorist Contingency Plans (CTCPs) are prepared for Hyper-sensitive/Sensitive airports in coordination with State Governments, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and CISF in accordance with the mandate of MHA.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security is the designated agency of Govt. of India under the Ministry of Civil Aviation for making regulations, procedures and issuing directions covering the security aspects of aircraft operations and airports in India. Their instructions are to be complied with both by the airlines and the airports.

The Directorate of Security acts as the nodal agency of AAI to carry out its designated functions covering AAI airports only. At individual airports, the Airport Directors are responsible for these functions. The JVC/private/other airports e.g. DIAL, MIAL, CIAL, HIAL, BIAL, MIHAN are responsible for Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Nagpur airports respectively. These airports have their own security set up to monitor and carry out security functions.

The functions of the directorate are to ensure effective functioning of security apparatus, to ensure requisite physical barriers/structures, to ensure installations of requisite equipment and to  ensure proper coordination. The directorate is headed by an officer of the rank of Director. The post of Director (Security) is filled on deputation from amongst IPS officers of the rank of DIG/IG.