Homeland security issues advisory for travelers between US and Manila

LOS ANGELES — Social media is buzzing amongst Pinoys traveling home from the US, with a photo of a travel advisory posted at the LAX airport.

It says that passengers are advised that the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that the NAIA, or Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Manila, does not maintain and carry out effective aviation security measures.

A press release clarifies further that the security standards of the NAIA did not meet those established by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Based on this, the Dept. of Homeland Security is directing airlines to notify passengers traveling between the US and Manila.

Authorities in Manila responded to the development, confirming that they had been working with the TSA on improvements.

They also assure the traveling public that the Philippine government is giving utmost priority to the implementation of the strict security measures at NAIA.

Among the recommendations of the TSA include the installation of new equipment such as x-ray machines, walk-through metal detectors, and alarm systems.

The NAIA had been under fire in recent year,s due to the Tanim-Bala, or bullet-evidence-planting operandi, of some airport security personnel, after they were caught planting bullets in passengers bags to hold them and extort money.

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