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On December 26, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that aviation security at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) does not meet international aviation standards. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) provides the benchmark for international aviation security issues. Therefore, the US Dept. of Homeland Security deems NAIA not secure for US travelers.

US Dept of Homeland Security Deems NAIA Not Secure

Furthermore, the Manila airport serves as a last-point-of-departure airport for flights to the United States. NAIA does not maintain and carry out effective security standards.

The warning was based on assessments by a team of security experts from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Finally, notifying passengers of this new warning will be the duty of airlines issuing tickets for flights to Manila.

The Secretary has also directed this advisory be displayed prominently at all U.S. airports that provide regularly scheduled service to NAIA.

Waiting for my airplane at NAIA

TSA Working with Philippines

TSA representatives have been working with the Philippine government to assist airport and transportation authorities in bringing MNL up to international security standards.

The Transportation Security Administration will continue to work with the Philippines and assist its aviation authorities. Above all, the Philippine government is intent on correcting the security shortfalls at the airport.

Also, TSA will continue to assess security measures at the airport and take appropriate actions as warranted.

Charged with the responsibility of assessing security at foreign airports with direct service to the United States is the Department of Homeland Security. They must ensure such airports meet international standards as set by ICAO.


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