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With high alert being sounded across the  country in view of forthcoming Republic Day celebrations, security  agencies have stepped up vigil at sensitive airports in the country  entailing passengers to go through a second round of frisking and  detailed scanning of their footwear and handbags. At large and important airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad,  Kolkata, Chennai and Ahmedabad, passengers are being screened through  multiple layers of CISF and airport security and a number of them  are being asked to take out shoes and open hand baggage for a thorough  checking. Airlines and special teams of the CISF and airport security have  been asked to conduct risk-based Secondary Ladder Point Check (SLPC)  which entails frisking passengers on the air side just before entering  the aircraft. "The instructions have been issued keeping in mind the prevailing  security situation and based on the assessment of Central security  agencies. While these measures are not new and there is nothing to  panic, they are being deployed to add to the extra layer of security  and ensure that nothing misses the eyes of the security personnel,"  a senior official involved in airport security said. Armed Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) of Central Industrial Security  Force commandos and local police have been positioned at vantage  locations around vital airports and leaves of jawans and officers  are being regulated strictly so that maximum numbers are on ground  at least till January 26 and in some cases even beyond that, they said. Special anti-sabotage teams and bomb detection and disposal teams  and sniffer dogs have been kept in readiness at these airports. The national capital will remain on high alert, sounded after the  Pathankot attack, as the Centre has asked the Delhi Police to be  prepared to foil any attempt by terrorists to carry out strikes in the city.

 Similar directives, sources said, have been issued by various other  states too.  "There is a general alert to all sensitive and vital installations  in view of the Pathankot attack and keeping in mind the new year  and Republic day festivities. The security paraphernalia at places  where there is large public interface is definitely more proactive  than earlier keeping in mind there are no added hassles in their  movement," they said. 

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