NEW DELHI : Beefing up security ahead of Independence Day, all airlines have asked their flyers to reach airport early, at least three hours in advance.

Domestic travellers have been asked to reach airports three hours prior to the departure time. For international flyers, the reporting time is four hours prior their scheduled flights.

All the budget airlines IndiGo, SpiceJet and Vistara have issued travel advisories due to enhanced security measures for the Independence day weekend.

Earlier, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) also tightened the security norms at all airports across the country in view of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir following the Centre's move to scrap Article 370 that gave special status to the state.

All vehicles coming to the airport have to go through random intensive security checks. Police have set up additional checkpoints for vehicle checking.

The enhanced security measures in all the airports include on-ground monitoring of all the aircraft. Security has already been enhanced in and outside at all aviation installations and cargo terminals as well.

The Civil aviation ministry has also asked airports to close the entry of visitors and sale of visitor tickets from August 10 to 20.

Passengers will go through a 'full pat down' search at pre-embarkation security check point, random checks at the entry point to terminals by the bomb disposal and dog squads. At all airports, besides the mandatory vehicle and passenger checks, there will be a compulsory secondary ladder point checking for all flights.

So if you are travelling this long weekend, make sure you reach airport early.

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