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New system to check suspicious passengers at IGI Airport

The Indian Customs Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS), developed by the National Informatics Centre with the help of Directorate General of Systems under the Finance Ministry, will be inaugurated on Thursday at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here, official sources said.

The US-like system acts as an electronic database of all passengers, crew and other airline staff entering and exiting the international airport here, they said.

The APIS red flags suspicious passengers on the basis of their movement and other parameters and give a lead to customs officials for follow-up, the sources said. The system is developed close on the lines of the Electronic Advance Passenger Information System used by Customs and Border Protection officials in the US, they said.

The APIS system is also capable of handling information such as issuance of a red corner notice against wanted individuals and other warrants issued by the Interpol and law and enforcement agencies, the sources said. The system was being run as a pilot project at the airport and given satisfactory results, they said. The APIS will be helpful in checking smuggling at the airport which has seen a spurt so far this year, the sources added.
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