Israel wants to post personnel in India to screen Tel Aviv flyers
India which usually gives its nod to such security measures from friendly countries is considering the request
India, which usually gives its nod to such security measures from friendly countries on a reciprocal basis, is considering the request. “India is sensitive to security concerns of other countries and we usually allow specific requests on a reciprocal basis,” said a source.
Air India (Delhi-Tel Aviv) and Israel’s El Al (Mumbai-Tel Aviv) operate direct flights between the two countries. Israel wants its personnel on El Al to conduct a behaviour analysis of flyers on its flights from Mumbai.
A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) official — responsible for airport security — said Israel had conducted a training programme for its personnel for behaviour profiling in 2010. “Since then we have been providing training in this field and using it. Almost all drug and cash recoveries are made by observing passenger behaviour,” the official said.
CISF’s Aviation Security Training Institute in Delhi on Friday conducted a course on “passenger profiling — behaviour detection and profiling” for National Security Guard personnel.
Sources said requests for additional security checks from certain countries are not uncommon. Passengers flying all direct flights to the US get on the aircraft through a special glass-enclosed boarding zone, to eliminate any possibility of going anywhere else after the check.