Flashing your camera phone and pouting over a selfie can land you in trouble as officials of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) have said that, the decision of charging fines on passengers taking photographs lies with the airport operator.
Though CISF provides security to the airport, the decision lies in the court of Airports Authority of India (AAI). A discussion over this would take place with all stakeholders at the Airport Security Committee (APSC) meeting.
A query was posted on AirSewa to which a reply by Ajay Kumar, AIG, airport sector at the CISF, said,
The matter of imposing fines for taking photographs in the operational area pertains to the airport operator. However, the same will be discussed with all stakeholders in the coming APSC meeting. Pune airport, being a defence airport, bans photography in sensitive locations and in the airside due to security reasons. Regular announcements are made by concerned airlines at the time of boarding and in-flight by the pilots. Signboards regarding the prohibition of photography are also placed in the terminal building, the boarding gates and in the apron area.
If you might know, the Lohegaon airport is a part of the Indian Air Force's strategically-vital air base, where two squadrons of Sukhoi 30 Mk-I are stationed. Air Force Station controls the runway and the air traffic whereas AAI manages civil enclave.
An airport official said,
The security personnel at the airport are always alert. Being a defence facility, the airport falls in the 'hyper-sensitive' category. Whenever a passenger is seen taking pictures, he/she is stopped and is questioned at length. The passenger is specifically questioned about his/her intentions and why the photos were being clicked. However, every day, the airport hosts nearly 11,000 passengers. Keeping an eye on everyone is difficult
Information source: toi