In a statement, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said NAIA “does not maintain and carry out effective security consistent with the security standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO),” based on assessments by a team of TSA security experts.
“In view of this finding and effective immediately, airlines issuing tickets for travel between the United States and [NAIA] are directed to notify passengers in writing of this determination,” the DHS statement, dated December 26, added.
US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has ordered advisories “displayed prominently at all US airports that provide regularly scheduled service to [NAIA] and that it be published in the Federal Register.”
According to the Manila Airport Authority, the concerns raised were calls for the installation of new x-ray machines, walk-through metal detectors, alarm systems, and more consistent security procedures.
Mania Airport Authority general manager Ed Monreal stated the airport didn’t fail the security audit for the months of September to December, adding the recommendations from the TSA have been implemented.
“The TSA noticed the inconsistencies of security personnel manning the entrance,” he told reporters in a news conference. Moreover, some of airport users did not follow security rules, he said.
“There is no cause for alarm even as we put in place security enhancements following the recommendations of the US-TSA. There is nothing among these recommendations that cannot be addressed,” Monreal said.