May 26, 2015

US-TSA to assess NAIA security

Aviation Updates Philippines - The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a US government agency mandated to conduct security assessments of airports worldwide, is set to inspect the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) starting tomorrow.

Security Inspection area at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport
(PHOTO) NAIA MIAA - Facebook

The TSA performs regular security assessments of airports which host airlines with flights to the US related to its observance of safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The auditing team will check airline operations, including that of their respective ground handlers, from Wednesday to Friday.

Those participating in the inspection are: Cathay Pacific, Philippine Airlines, EVA Airways, United Airlines, UA Cargo, Federal Express, United Parcel Service Clark, DELTA, MIASCOR, Sky Kitchen Philippines Incorporated, and PAL Cargo.

An assessment of NAIA operations will then take place from June 1 to 3.

This will cover systems relative to terminal and ramp access control; security screening; quality control; the airport perimeter; the command center; and aircraft and cargo operations.

The team is expected to start collating their findings on June 4.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado says that he is confident that NAIA will pass the inspection of the TSA given management’s continuous efforts to ensure passenger security at the airport.

“It was November 2013 when the TSA last inspected NAIA. The results from which showed that the airport meets international standards. MIAA maintains a positive disposition that the airport will again pass the inspection,” General Manager Honrado says.

He adds that the airport management continues to enhance security measures for passengers. Among other projects, new body scanners are expected to arrive next month while more CCTVs are to be installed next year.

Meanwhile, the final assessment report will be given to the Department of Transportation and Communication through the Office for Transport Security. There is no definite date, however, as to when the report will be completed.

*Note: This press release was published by the Manila International Airport Authority on its Facebook page. The photo and article solely belongs to MIAA. 
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