Security officials at the four terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other airports in the country intensified security measures following the terrorist attacks at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey that killed at least 36 people.
Authorities at the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Aviation Security Group
(AVSEGROUP) and tAA1he Office for Transportation Security on Wednesday stepped up security measures to ensure the safety of passengers and workers.
Security personnel strictly inspected luggage, while passengers underwent rigid body frisking to prevent firearms or explosives from being brought inside the airport undetected.
AVSEGROUP Director Pablo Francisco Balagtas appealed to civilians, including passengers, to report any unattended baggage or suspicious persons roaming inside and outside the airport.
Balagtas said members of the Special Action Force with their bomb sniffing dogs as well as intelligence personnel were deployed to help in the surveillance of passengers within the airport and implement strict inspection of cars.
Personnel of the Airport Police Department meantime manned all entrances of the NAIA terminals as well as the outer perimeters of the airport.
“The APD usually takes cursory examinations of luggage in cars before waving them through,” MIAA security chief Jesus Gordon Descanzo said.
The police also intensified its watch to prevent possible terror attacks.
Philippine National Police Spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said “proactive measures” are being taken by the police and that he had coordinated with Balagtas who is in charge of airport security.
“Aviation Security Group has already declared heightened alert on their personnel to ensure especially convergence areas where people go will be safe and secure to this kind of incident,” Mayor said.
“We can assure the public that we are implementing proactive measures in the past days like in the airport today,” the PNP spokesman said.