There’s a new security arrangement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Starting today, September 19, body friskers and screeners of the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) will be under the direct supervision of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) until its smooth transition to the latter next year.
MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said the new measure came from the Department of Transportation, which ordered OTS front-liners to work under the MIAA.
Monreal said the OTS would remain a full regulatory body or policy-making body when it comes to security, while the MIAA would be the implementing body.
However, Monreal said salaries would still be drawn from the OTS until the agency is completely turned over to the MIAA.
The airport chief said the OTS frontliners would work with or fall under the supervision of the Airport Police Department.
Asked how many screeners and body friskers are employed in the OTS, Monreal said he was not sure of the total number.
In the past, some OTS frontliners were allegedly involved in the so-called “bullet-planting” scam.
Monreal also said the agency was in the process of requesting an additional 10 units of “high-tech” X-ray machines and K9 units to boost security inspection in four NAIA terminals.