KSA braces for plan to ‘bomb’ its planes

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Through its embassy in Manila, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) was said to have made a request to allow them to set up security X-ray machines at Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) departure area and another machine near the boarding gate exclusively for Saudi Arabian flights.

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Airport sources over the weekend said Riyadh’s request was addressed to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and was later forwarded to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) for its approval.

“The Saudi Arabian government wanted to put up machines at NAIA during their flights from Manila to Saudi Arabia because of a ‘confidential information’ they received that unidentified terrorists who are now in some parts of Asia have [an]alleged plan to bomb Saudi [Arabian] planes,” the sources added.

Putting up security X-ray machines is seen deterring movements of suspected terrorists, the sources said.

The request supposedly was made in connection with an ongoing conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Riyadh reportedly severed its diplomatic relations with Tehran after an attack on its embassy in the Iranian capital over the kingdom’s execution of a Saudi Arabian religious leader.

It was also reported that hours after the death sentence was carried out, protesters in Shiite majority Iran attacked the Saudi Arabian Embassy in the Tehran.

The incident triggered suspension of all Saudi Arabian flights to and from Iran.

Officials of the MIAA said they are still verifying if the request is “true.”

Jesus Gordon, MIAA assistant general manager for Security and Emergency Services, said he will discuss the matter with the airlines concerned and the authority’s security officials for immediate implementation if necessary.

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  1. Amado P. Salvador on

    Request like this one to set up these intruments is highly welcome. Local authorities must approve instantly such kind of a request. For sure this wud benefit travellers in many ways.

  2. I have read a report that Saudi Arabia is financing terrorist group all Over the world . It also stated that Saudi Arabia was financing the terrorist Osama Bin Laden whose close relatives were from Saudi Arabia. There is a saying What goes around turns around. Now it is their turn to be terrorized. With almost no demand on oil, they cannot put any pressure on oil consumers not to supply and oil. Next year Toyota and Nissan will start commercially exporting Fuel Cell cars that does not need any oil. That is the end of all oil producing country. They Iwill be eating desert dust in one to two years.

  3. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, strategy of S. Arabia to avoid any untoward incident that could happen in any of its international planes is a good move.