A few days ago, I happened to read a news article, where it discussed that the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the authority responsible for aviation security setup across India, had ordered to remove the special screening queue for Business & First Class passengers.
The argument used by BCAS was:
We can’t have empty queues at Business Class queue when Economy queues have all the rush.
According to another report, the segregation already was repealed as of February 26, 2015. However, while passing through Delhi earlier this month, I did not see these measures implemented.
Just yesterday, I was at Mumbai Airport’s Terminal 2, and I noticed that the special queue for Business/First Class passengers for passport control was done away with at departures. There was a queue for Diplomats and Official Passport holders, but none for premium cabin travellers, something I remember seeing on my last flight abroad towards the end of January 2015.
The nature of premium cabin ground services implemented by airports across India has been dodgy at best over the years. One queue for Premium Cabin travellers at passport control? Half baked thinking to say the least.
Which makes me wonder, people who are paying multiples of the coach class ticket, are not going to be assured some sort of premium ground services any more. Is this a good move or a bad one? And what has been your experience – have you seen changes on the ground at other airports?