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Indian air travel post 9/11

On September 11, 2001 al Qaeda operatives hijacked two planes and flew them into the World Trade Centre. The world stood still in shock. Ten years on and airport security is much tighter, to say the least. Here in the Indian capital, the international airport was built with modern security measures in mind. One of the largest airports in the world, it can handle 34 million passengers a year. But with that comes an element of risk. Executive director of security and vigilance at the airport explained the security measures. (SOUNDBITE) (English) S.I.S. AHMED, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SECURITY, VIGILANCE AND LANDSITE MANAGEMENT OF THE DELHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LIMITED, SAYING: "More emphasis on access control, more emphasis on the checking of hand baggage, more emphasis on the checking of hold baggage, these have come up. Even the perimeter, the systems in perimeter intrusion - like perimeter protection they also have undergone a change, a different concept all-together." Delhi international airport is equipped with over 3,000 camera's, five level baggage screening and bomb proof dust bins. But security here starts before you even step foot inside the building. Scanners on the roads leading to the airport screen and photograph each vehicle before it is allowed to drive towards the terminal. Before 9/11, travellers could arrive 30 minutes before boarding a domestic flight. Today is a very different story. Do passengers mind? (SOUNDBITE) (English) 35 YEAR FREQUENT FLYER DEVENDRA VERMA, SAYING: "I personally don't feel bad about it because more checks will help us to ensure we are flying safe. Look at the United States, after 9/11 nothing a second problem happened, why? because the security system is pretty good." India has had its own share of militant strikes and attacks. The 2008 assault by Pakistani gunmen on major Mumbai landmarks is a reminder of India's security frailties. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters

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