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Pilot MIAA program reduces NAIA screening

The initial screening process at Terminal 1 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) was started to be removed on Thursday by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) in order to improve the experience of flight travelers.

According to Ma. O Aplasca, administrator of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS), “the removal of the initial screening process is commensurate with international standards to ease the circulation of passengers,” she told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

However, Aplasca made it clear that additional security measures had been put in place, such as the positioning of armed individuals and cars at the curb.

Personnel from the intelligence community was also sent out to keep an eye on people’s movements and spot potential terrorists and criminals.

K9 units have also been deployed to undertake sporadic luggage sniffing for potential improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Aplasca said that the OTS intends to keep a terminal that is “passenger only” in order to regulate the flow of passengers.

We will also carry out the required assessment for other (NAIA) terminals, he said.

The majority of international airports, according to MIAA Senior Assistant General Manager Bryan Co, do not use an initial screening procedure.

In order to reduce the lengthy lines at the airport, MIAA, according to Co, conferred with the airlines and government security agencies before making this decision.

Before deploying it in the other terminals, the MIAA will constantly monitor the pilot test, he said.

Nevertheless, a screening section will be kept open for the staff due to recent concerns that some persons have used bogus airport permits.

ongoing card transactions

In the meantime, Co claimed that the MIAA had already worked with concessionaires to make credit card facilities available in response to the experience a foreigner had posted on TikTok.

A recent TikTok post that bemoaned the inability to purchase food at NAIA Terminal 2 since all the shops only accept cash went viral.

The foreigner continued by saying that the only ATM he saw was empty of cash at the moment, which prevented him from withdrawing money.

“We are aware of how crucial it is for our visitors, particularly those from outside, to have access to a variety of payment options. In a radio interview, Co said, “We contacted the concerned concessionaires, and they have committed that all credit card capabilities will be up within two weeks.

The bank featured in the TikTok video has also been alerted by the MIAA to make sure that its ATM is stocked with cash, he continued.

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