By: AirTravellerPH Staff
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) officials are looking into the possibility of asking passengers to unpack or unload the contents of their luggage and suitcase at the security checks of NAIA. This comes after a 43-year old American woman was caught smuggling a 6-day old baby in an oversized bag. The MIAA wants to improve security measures at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the country's main gateway.
In a report by CNN Philippines, MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said that authorities and officials have engaged talks with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) on preventing the smuggling of banned goods by improving security checks.
Monreal said, "We’re studying the security protocols, like requiring divesting the bags’ contents or whatever, we’re studying them together with the OTS so we can provide a solution."
He also said, "One point we really need to do is the airlines have to be reminded that they have to make sure these passengers are well accounted, the passengers are examined properly."
The American woman who was identified as Jennifer Talbot, was arrested last September after being caught hiding a baby in her oversized bag. She failed to declare nore present the baby in the security checks, who also lacked necessary travel documents.
With the surge of travellers this All-Saints Day and the upcoming holiday season, Monreal urged airlines to follow their departure and arrival schedules to avoid congestion.