In case you needed any more evidence to validate the struggles of going through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) — now there is a travel advisory issued by the United States’ Homeland Security which basically cements it.
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The advisory reads: “Passengers are advised that the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, does not maintain and carry out effective aviation security measures.” According to Facebook users, this sign has been distributed to various airports all over the United States.
So what does “effective aviation security measures” even mean? Based on the Department of Homeland Security’s website, these safety measures pertain to the security the airport implements against terror attacks, plane hijackings, sabotage, and the like. To be specific, these would be the airport checkpoints we go through, the sniffing dogs, and the x-ray machines among others.
Facebook users in the comment section of this post have been arguing over whether the advisory is a fair one or not. There is a question of if NAIA is truly unsafe for those leaving and entering the country. Personally, I don’t recall ever hearing of a security breach in NAIA. At the same time, there have been times when security has been lax enough to accidentally let me enter prohibited items like liquids.
So where do you stand on the issue? Let us know if you think NAIA needs to improve their security measures or is fine as it is!