India preparing to increase air marshals on board Indian planes bound for Nepal
Concluding that Nepal’s sky remains a “sensitive sector” as far as aviation security is concerned, India is all set to send additional sky marshals on board Indian airplanes bound for Kathmandu.
More sky marshals are being deployed on flights to Nepal in view of hijack and terror threats, the Indian Express reported quoting an unidentified senior Indian official as saying.
India’s National Security Guard (NSG), which trains these commandos, has already been asked to augment marshals on Indian airplanes bound for Kathmandu, the online edition of the paper reported.
The NSG provides sky marshals for flights to eight South Asian Association for Regional Corporation nations. A plan is on the anvil to extend security to aircraft from Gulf countries as well, it said.
Currently, passengers boarding Air India (AI) and other Indian airline companies from Kathmandu are put through second screening by plain-clothed and unarmed Indian security officers before they enter the aircraft. These security officers have not been formally identified as Indian air marshals.
However, Nepal has also not formally allowed armed Indian air marshals to remain on board Indian airplanes flying to Nepal as per the norms of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to which Nepal is a party. The ICAO directive states that armed foreign national should hand over their weapons to Nepali security when they get off the plane. nepalnews.com