THE Manila International Airport Authority [MIAA] yesterday called on the passengers’ cooperation with the strict security screening procedures at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
“Redundancy checks will remain because it keeps everyone safe,” stressed MIAA General Manager Eddie V. Monreal.
Presently, NAIA passengers go through seven security checks upon entering the terminal building until they get to the predeparture gate.
On the other hand, check-in bags are inspected four times and are escorted by security going to the aircraft.
Additional checks are conducted when screeners notice suspicious-looking items.
The Office for Transportation Security (OTS) maintains a list of prohibited items both for check in and hand-carry bags. The list is updated from time to time.
Last year, NAIA screeners intercepted and confiscated a total of 2,291 prohibited items, including empty bullet shells used as amulets and semi-automatic pistols.
Airport authorities worldwide adopt standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on person and baggage screening.
However, some may adopt additional checks on the basis of prevailing threat levels in their country.
Besides adherence to ICAO standards, security procedures in NAIA are implemented in accordance with the Airport Security Program (ASP) guided by the National Civil Aviation Security Program (NCASP) on the national level.
“Security checks should not be perceived as an inconvenience when you have thousands of lives to protect everyday. We would rather err on the side of safety than lose them,” Monreal explained.