Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Manila (MNL) airport is not safe according to the US Department of Homeland Security

The United States has issued a strict warning to the government of Philippians that it doesn't think the security at the nations leading airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in the capital Manila are adequate.

The US Department of Homeland Security says aviation security at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), does not maintain and carry out effective security consistent with the security standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).  This determination was based on assessments by a team of supposed experts in aviation security from the US TSA - the Transportation Security Administration. 

The announcement means that any airline flying from or Manila and the United States must issue a notice to passengers, saying that the TSA has said they don't think the airport safe. The Homeland Security department has also directed this advisory be displayed prominently at all U.S. airports that provide regularly scheduled service to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

In a recent communication, the TSA says it is working with the Philippines and assist its aviation authorities and will continue to assess security measures at the airport and take appropriate actions as warranted.

Delta Air Lines, which flies to Manila issued the following statement, as it was forced to do so by The US Department of Homeland Security, 
"The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has determined that the Manila (MNL) airport does not maintain and carry out effective security measures consistent with international standards.
The safety and security of customers and employees is always Delta’s top priority. Delta has established a multi-layered security program in MNL to mitigate potential risks to the operation. These robust processes, procedures and redundancies are constantly assessed by Delta and the TSA to ensure the most rigorous security practices are in place.
Effective Dec. 26, 2018, Delta Air Lines was required by the Department of Homeland Security to issue this message."
The Philippines Department of Transportation issued a statement to assure passengers of its “utmost priority and attention” to security measures at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) after the, what it sees as, a politically motivated travel advisory by US Department of Homeland Security.

"This is to assure the travelling public that the Philippine government, through the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) are giving utmost priority and attention to the implementation of strict security measures at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport," 

According to a statement, the US TSA team conducted an assessment earlier in 2018 of the airport and gave a number of recommendations to the airport. After the recommendations were received the Philippians DOTr worked with international assessment bodies, including the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which found the airport to be "generally satisfactory" in terms of safety and security standards, despite what the US DOHS is saying.