Better Security Equipment For NAIA On The Way
The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a travel warning on the Philippines on Wednesday afternoon over weak security protocols at the NAIA. Together with that announcement, US Transportation also made some recommendations, such as the installation of new x-ray machines, walk-through metal detectors, and alarm systems.
In a statement, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said:
“MIAA (Manila International Airport Authority) and the OTS (Office of Transportation Security) have been continuously working and coordinating with other international assessment bodies that include the International Civil Aviation Organization standards of safety and security.”
The DOTr is already addressing security concerns raised by the US Department of Homeland Security on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and said it is giving “utmost priority and attention to the implementation of strict security measures.”
They added that procurement of up-to-date equipment is already under process, but this will take time “because the items are not off-the-shelf and will require lead time for manufacturing and delivery following government rules and regulations.”
The DOTr hopes to have updated equipment installed and utilized by the second quarter of 2019.