Homeland Security Issues Travel Warning for Manila Airport

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The United States Department of Homeland Security is telling travelers to express increased caution when flying to the main airport in the Philippines after the facility failed to meet international regulations.

According to Channel News Asia, the State Department’s travel advisory was issued Wednesday after officials assessing Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila found it not consistent with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security experts conducted the assessment.

“In view of this finding and effective immediately, airlines issuing tickets for travel between the United States and MNL are directed to notify passengers in writing of this determination,” Homeland Security officials said in a statement. “The Secretary has also directed this advisory be displayed prominently at all U.S. airports that provide regularly scheduled service to MNL and that it be published in the Federal Register, pursuant to sections 114 and 44907 of Title 49 of the United States Code.”

In response to the Philippines airport failing to meet the specified guidelines, TSA officials said they are working extensively with the Philippine government to “assist airport and transportation authorities in bringing (the Manila airport) up to international security standards.”

Manila International Airport general manager Ed Monreal told Channel News Asia Thursday that all of the issues raised by TSA officials have already been addressed or are in the process of being remedied.

Monreal said the airport already hired additional guards and is in the process of adding x-ray machines that comply with TSA recommendations.

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