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NAIA gets passing mark from US Homeland

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MANILA, Philippines — The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has received a passing mark from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after previously flagging security deficiencies in the Philippines’ premier gateway.

In a statement yesterday, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said inspectors from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), an agency of the DHS, were “satisfied” with the improved security measures and technology being implemented at the NAIA following the latest round of security audit.

The TSA commended security improvements made by the government to guarantee the safety of air travelers from the Philippines to the US and vice versa, according to the DOTr.

The agency said TSA inspectors were impressed with the high-technology security and screening equipment being used at the airport terminals, which include dual view X-ray machines with an automatic tray return system.

The dual view X-ray machines have been deemed effective in reducing lines at security screening checkpoints.

“We appreciate the new technologies and equipment provided. We are grateful with the improvements made by the government, specifically in collaboration with the OTS,” TSA lead inspector Jose Liriano said, referring to the Office for Transportation Security.

The TSA has authority over the security of the traveling public in the US.

TSA auditors, along with national aviation security auditors from the OTS, wrapped up security audit of terminals and US-bound airlines operating at the NAIA last week.

The assessment covered areas such as airport and aircraft security, aviation management, landside security, passenger and baggage screening, hold baggage checks, access control, perimeter security, training of security personnel as well as quality control measures.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade attributed the security improvements at the NAIA to the coordination between DOTr-attached agencies such as the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and OTS.

Tugade assured the public that the improvement of security measures at the country’s main gateway would be sustained.

“Security is a commitment, it is a continuous process,” he said.

“While we are happy with this news, we must remember that the more important thing is that we sustain and improve our efforts to ensure the safety of air passengers,” he added.

In August last year, the DHS ordered the rescission of the public notice on security conditions at the NAIA, which was issued on Dec. 27, 2018 after the airport was found to have made significant improvements in security operations.

The 2018 advisory directed airlines flying to the Philippines to alert their passengers on the deficiency of security measures at the NAIA after finding that the airport “did not maintain and carry out security consistent with the standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization.”

MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said they would boost security measures at the airport.

OTS administrator Raul del Rosario assured the TSA that the DOTr would make use of the recommendations and technical assistance it has extended to increase security measures at the NAIA not only for flights going to and from the US but also for global aviation.

“We at the DOTr are working as fast and efficient as we can in providing safe, secured and comfortable travel for all, as we want the best for our countrymen,” Del Rosario said.




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So....no more free bullets being handed out to tourists?

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An automatic tray return system will beat the bad guys every time!😀

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