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Manila airport safe according to ICAO, not according to TSA

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for assessing security at foreign airports with direct service to the USA. This is to ensure that they meet ICAO standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Travel advisory for Manila Airport

In coordination with DHS and the Department of Transportation, experts from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have assessed aviation security at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines. This airport serves as a last-point-of-departure airport for flights to the USA.

On December 26, 2018 DHS announces a travel advisory to the Republic of the Philippines. This follows the conclusion of the TSA team that the airport does not maintain and carry out effective security consistent with the security standards established by the ICAO.

NAIAInternational approval of Manila Airport

One day later - on December 27, 2018 - the Philippine Department of Transportation (DOTr) receives a seal of approval from the International Organization for Standardization (IOS). The ISO certification attests to the DOTr’s quality management system in its procurement process through public bidding.

ICAO standards

Moreover, DOTr says in a statement that it is working with other international assessment bodies. And the ICAO's latest security audit findings are found to be “generally satisfactory” with its standards of safety and security. While the ICAO considers Manila airport to be consistent with its standards, the TSA does not.

Water allowed

The TSA does not provide any details about its own findings, but it will undoubtedly have observed that travelers are allowed to carry a small quantity of water through security. Flyers appreciate this very much, but the TSA does not. Anyway, the TSA has taken administrative measures affecting airlines that issue tickets or travel between the USA and Manila.

TSA directs those carriers to notify passengers in writing of its determination. Also, they must display its advisory prominently at all US airports that provide regularly scheduled service to Manila.

Tags: Manila airport, TSA, ICAO security standards

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