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Manila makes airport as safe as houses
Germaine de Peralta, Manila

Germaine de Peralta, Manila  
(3rd May 2002)

Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has intensified security checks following recent threats in the city and also in line with last year's 9-11 incident.

Due to the stringent security measures, passengers are now required to be at the airport three hours before departure time, instead of the previous two hours.

NAIA now checks luggage and hand-carry items three times before the passenger enters the gates of the airline, where he may be subjected to a fourth checking procedure by the airline he is boarding.

NAIA is now one of the 10-most strict and secure airports in the world because of the process, its chief of intelligence and investigation division, Maj Melchor de los Santos, said.

The three luggage checks include going through several X-ray machines, metal detectors, frisking, emptying of pockets, manual checking of hand-carry items, and checking of the soles of shoes, especially for passengers wearing high heals or thick soles. Perfumes, alcoholic beverages, or aerosol sprays may or may not be allowed on the aircraft.

Maj de los Santos added: "We have doubled our perimeter patrols and postings for security personnel, especially at the perimeter areas of the airport and the air site. The approximate vicinity to the airport is very well lighted now.

Public parking areas have also been moved a distance away from the terminal.

"We have also doubled our sentry points manned by security personnel. And there are a lot of civilian authority moving around monitoring the movement of passengers."

The airport has also added bomb sniffer dogs that work with patrols around the clock.

Due to the drastic increase in security measures, the terminal fee of 500 pesos (US$10) may be increased in the near future, Major de los Santos said.

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