Security at the country’s premier airport was beefed up on Saturday in reaction to Friday’s deadly bombing in Davao City.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the operator of Ninoy Aquino International Airport, however, advised airport users not to be alarmed as there was increased police visibility in terminal buildings as well as in all areas of the NAIA complex.
“This is not to alarm the public. We have raised our alert status as a proactive measure to ensure safety and security of airport users,” MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said.
He added that they “have directed baggage screeners to remain vigilant and discerning and to conduct thorough inspection only when the need calls for it. We do not want to cause inconvenience in the process by creating long lines at the baggage screening checkpoints.”
The MIAA chief warned that security at checkpoints during full-alert status will conduct rigid inspection of all motor vehicles and the people are advised to oblige for their own protection.
He said issuance of access passes for meeting or sending off passengers has been limited.
“Depending on intelligence reports, we may completely suspend issuance of visitor’s passes for everyone’s safety,” Monreal added.
He assured the public that the MIAA and the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group have been coordinating regarding security concerns.
Monreal appealed to the public “to bear with us during this time.”