NAIA on alert

Cops on patrol as security at NAIA was heightened ©
Cops on patrol as security at NAIA was heightened ©

SECURITY at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport was tightened following a terrorist attack in Istanbul Ataturk Airport Tuesday night which killed 41 people and injured 239 others.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) in coordination with the Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup) and the Office for Transportation Security have stepped up  security measures to ensure the safety of passengers as well as the workers inside the country’s premier airport.

Security personnel are now strictly inspecting the luggage while passengers are made to undergo rigid body frisking in a bid to prevent the smuggling inside the airport complex of firearms or explosives that could be used in a terrorist attack.

At the same time, Avsegroup Director, C/Supt. Pablo Francisco Balagtas, appeals to everyone to be on the look out for any unattended baggage or suspicious looking persons inside and outside the airport.

Moreover, Balagtas said members of the police Special Action Force with bomb sniffing dogs as well as intelligence personnel were deployed together with personnel of other concerned government agencies to boost security. He added that his organization is keeping strict surveillance of passengers within the airport and is implementing strict vehicle inspection.

The Airport Police Department (APD) personnel, meantime, manned the entrances of the NAIA terminals and patrols the outer perimeters of the airport.

“The APD usually takes cursory examinations of luggage in cars before waving them through,” MIAA security chief Jesus Gordon Descanzo said.


Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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