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Some might find this signage a bit troubling while traveling to the PI.

https://www.manilatimes.net/us-homeland-security-hits-ineffective-airport-security-in-travel-advisory-against-ph/488060/

US Homeland Security hits ‘ineffective’ PH airport security in travel advisory

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THE US Department of Homeland Security has advised people against traveling to the Philippines because its Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) “does not maintain effective aviation security measures.”

Jude Talamera Ye on Facebook shared a photo of the advisory on Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday in Manila) from the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

As of posting time, the photo has over 6,000 shares and 4,000 reactions on Facebook.

NAIA was previously listed as among the world’s worst by “Sleeping in Airports,” a website that rates airports worldwide.

It was at the center of several controversies — the tanim balascandal involving airport personnel who planted bullets in the bags of some passengers and extorted money from them and one involving Acts-OFW partylist Rep. John Bertiz who refused to undergo a security check.


 

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Philippine DOT response:

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The Philippines’ Department of Transportation (DOTr), in reaction, assured that they were working on complying with the recommendations of the TSA team, which include: the installation of new equipment; the conduct of new background check procedures for newly hired airport personnel; and a change in the security culture among long-time Naia personnel.

The new equipment - X-ray machines, walk-through metal detectors, and alarm systems - are expected to be installed in the second quarter of 2019, the department said.

“While waiting for the delivery of needed security equipment, Transportation Secretary Arturo Tugade has given direct instructions to implement manual interventions such as the hiring of additional MIAA-contracted guards 24/7.

The DHS advisory directed all airlines issuing tickets for travel between the US and Manila to advise passengers in writing about the inadequate security measures at the Naia, which it described as the “last-point-of-departure airport for flights to the United States.”


 

 

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3 hours ago, Bama said:

a photo of the advisory on Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday in Manila) from the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

seems like they have things well sorted at the newark airport.   after all most would-be travelers probably do simply head to an airport to browse around until a destination catches their fancy.    

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I find it hard to believe that the TSA is advising other countries on how to properly secure airports in the first place. Their track record (when their security measures have been tested) is pretty piss-poor. If you really want to know how to secure airports (or anyplace else for that matter), ask the Israelis. They know security. TSA? Amateurs.

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19 minutes ago, RangerUp said:

They build a great border wall, too.

I think you will find that TSA has nothing to do with that. US Customs and Border Protection is in charge of building the wall. Both agencies are under the Department of Homeland Security, but their modes of operation are quite different.

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Here is the actual notice as delivered to my email this morning.

 

Department of Homeland Security Issues Travel Advisory to the Republic of the Philippines

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December 26, 2018

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the determination that aviation security at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), which serves as a last-point-of-departure airport for flights to the United States, does not maintain and carry out effective security consistent with the security standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).  This determination was based on assessments by a team of security experts from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 

In view of this finding and effective immediately, airlines issuing tickets for travel between the United States and MNL are directed to notify passengers in writing of this determination. The Secretary has also directed this advisory be displayed prominently at all U.S. airports that provide regularly scheduled service to MNL and that it be published in the Federal Register, pursuant to sections 114 and 44907 of Title 49 of the United States Code.

In coordination with the Department of State and the Department of Transportation, TSA representatives have been working with the Philippine government to assist airport and transportation authorities in bringing MNL up to international security standards. TSA will continue to work with the Philippines and assist its aviation authorities with correcting the security deficiencies at the airport. In addition, TSA will continue to assess security measures at the airport and take appropriate actions as warranted. 

Under section 44907 of Title 49 of the United States Code, DHS is charged with the responsibility of assessing security at foreign airports with direct service to the United States to ensure they meet international standards as set by ICAO. 

https://www.dhs.gov/news/2018/12/26/department-homeland-security-issues-travel-advisory-republic-philippines

It would appear by reading that, that they are not up to “international security standards”. 

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My last couple of times through NAIA for international flights (AU) the security was certainly adequate

- 4 separate X-rays, 3 boarding pass checks and 2 passport checks before I landed in AU/BNE. AU and US insist on the extra gate X-ray and document checks.

That didn't include the X-rays and checks in Cebu (another 2 there ?).

By comparison, the last time I flew Vegas-LAX-BNE ...... one X-ray (in Vegas), one passport check (also Vegas), 2 boarding pass checks. They don't seem to care on the way out.

 

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7 hours ago, Bama said:

THE US Department of Homeland Security has advised people against traveling to the Philippines because its Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) “does not maintain effective aviation security measures.”

Piss poor reporting. Homeland Security has NOT warned Americans against travel to the Philippines. They advised increased caution.

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Manila, December 26, 2018 Location:  Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) Event:  On December 26, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a formal notice regarding the aviation security measures at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Actions to Take: Read the DHS Notice for further information.

Exercise Increased Caution when traveling to or from Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Assistance: U.S. Embassy

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Philippines.html#/

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5 hours ago, RangerUp said:

I meant Israel.

Ahhh.. Yes.

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This seems rather late to come out.  Any airport where you have to take precautions to avoid being given bullets as opposed to having yours taken away ought to have attracted some security concerns a few years ago. 

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DOT: PHL remains a safe haven for tourists

he Department of Tourism (DOT) assured the international community that the Philippines remains a "safe haven" for visitors and residents alike in the wake of the US Department of Homeland Security's advisory on the security in the country's main gateway.

The DOT said the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) are working together to oversee aviation security.

"Both agencies have repeatedly assured the DOT of their readiness to assess and respond to threats to ensure the safety and security of our tourists, both domestic and international," the DOT said.

"With this, we assure the international community that the Philippines remains a safe haven for our visitors and residents alike," it added.

The United States Homeland Security earlier issued a warning to travelers going to the Philippines that its prime airport in Manila, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), lacks aviation security measures.

"Passengers are advised that the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, does not maintain and carry out effective aviation security measures," it said.

The warning from Homeland Security followed an assessment conducted by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which provided the Philippines with Aviation Security Advisors to help develop and implement corrective measures at NAIA.

On Thursday, US Ambassador to Manila Sung Kim said US transportation security authorities expect improvement in aviation security measures as soon as possible.

In response, the Manila International Airport Authority issued a statement vowing that all the issues identified by the TSA have either been addressed or are in the process of being addressed.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/world/dot-phl-remains-a-safe-haven-for-tourists/ar-BBRuch6?ocid=spartandhp

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