DOTr, MIAA, OTS: US TRAVEL ADVISORY NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN
PASAY CITY – The Department of Transportation (DOTr), Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), and the Office of Transportation Security (OTS) assured the public there is no cause for concern over the travel advisory issued by the US Department of Homeland Security.
Government transport agencies maintained they will continue to adhere to internationally accepted standards, as raised by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding security concerns at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
In a press conference, MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal emphasized that issues raised by the TSA have been addressed or are in the process of being addressed.
On 26 December 2018, the US Department of Homeland Security issued a travel advisory regarding the aviation security at NAIA, indicating the airport does not maintain and carry out effective security measures.
In response, GM Monreal said that the MIAA and OTS are compliant with security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), whose latest security audit findings were found to be “generally satisfactory” with ICAO standards of safety and security, with additional recommendations and suggestions regarding the implementation of the corrective action plan crafted by the MIAA and OTS.
GM Monreal also added that out of the 16 recommendations indicated by the TSA, 7 were already corrected and complied, with the remaining to be further implemented and sustained.
“We are dedicated to address it and to comply with the recommendations. Rest assured, these improvements are not intended to put burden on the passengers. Instead, these are being done to ensure a secure flight for everyone. We are closely working with the US TSA in this regard,” GM Monreal said.