THE Philippine aviation police authorities on Monday appealed to the public for cooperation in making the country’s airports safe for travelers.
Specifically, the authorities want the citizenry to report any suspicious activities related to airport security and for them to provide inputs to strengthen the existing security measures.
At the same time, Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup) spokesperson C/Insp. Samuel B. Hojilla revealed that the aviation police will further enhance security measures in its controlled landside and airside areas of the country’s airports following the suspicious EgyptAir flight MS804 plane crash.
Hojilla said the Avsegroup will strictly enforce all laws and regulations relative to air travel protection and “shall not be limited in securing all the country’s airports against offensive and terrorist acts that threaten civil aviation.”
Quoting reports from Egyptian aviation authorities who expressed strong belief that a terror attack is most likely behind the destruction of EgyptAir flight MS804 than technical failure, Hojilla said the Avsegroup will “focus on intelligence monitoring and counter intelligence, intensify target hardening continue to conduct foot and mobile patrols.”
He added the organization will continue perform anti-criminality operations.
Media reports claim EgyptAir flight MS804, an Airbus A320 with 56 passengers and 10 crew members, went down about halfway between the Greek Island of Crete and Egypt’s coastline, or around 175 miles offshore, after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Egyptian and Russian officials said it may have been brought down by terrorists.
Meanwhile, Hojilla said special units from Avsegroup’s explosives ordnance disposal team were already deployed in strategic areas of concern as well as K9 explosive detector for paneling, including terminal and parking areas, as part of the airport’s security enhancement.
Hojilla also said the Avesgroup has also recommend some corrective security measures at the airports like having additional closed circuit television in strategic places and x-ray machines to further beef up security enhancement.