Bureau of Civil Aviation Security

  • The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) was initially set up as a Cell in the DGCA in January 1978 on the recommendation of the Pande Committee.
  • The BCAS was reorganized into an independent department under the Ministry of Civil Aviation on 1st April, 1987 following the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182.
  • The main responsibilities of BCAS include laying down standards and measures with respect to security of civil flights at international and domestic airports in India.
  1. Laying down Aviation Security Standards in accordance with Annex 17 to Chicago Convention of ICAO for airport operators, airlines operators, and their security agencies responsible for implementing Aviation Security measures
  2. Ensure that the persons implementing security controls are appropriately trained and possess all competencies required to perform their duties.
  3. Surprise/Dummy checks to test professional efficiency and alertness of security staff.
  4. Mock exercise to test efficacy of Contingency Plans and operational preparedness of the various agencies.


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