From the Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security. On December 27, 2018, US Homeland Security issued a notice regarding security issues at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, NAIA, Manila, Philippines. Consequently, Homeland Security had identified lax international security standards at NAIA. However, US Homeland Security has now lifted the Manila airport’s security notice.
US Homeland Security Lifts NAIA Notice
Hence, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan has ordered the immediate cancellation of the notice.
The Philippines has made significant improvements to NAIA’s security operations. Therefore, this allowed for the revocation of the previous warning.
Several attacks targeting civil aviation over the past several years, along with ISIL’s and Al-Qaida’s repeated intentions and demonstrated capability clearly indicate the threat that terrorism poses to civil aviation.
This is one reason why the US Homeland Security actively supports the Philippine’s efforts to improve airport security.
The U.S. State Department has provided $5 million to help fund airport security improvements at NAIA to include training and technology.
The Transportation Security Agency, TSA, has also provided Aviation Security Advisors to the Philippine government to assist with development and implementation of corrective measures at the Manila airport.
The Philippine Department of Transportation said the TSA recommended the installation of new x-ray machines, walk-through metal detectors, and alarm systems in the country’s premier gateway as part of improved security measures.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. confirmed the news in a tweet.
With additional reporting from ABS CBN NEWS