The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has lifted the public notice on its security concerns at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan ordered the immediate rescission of a public notice, issued in December 2018, which identified NAIA’s “failure to adequately implement and maintain international security standards”.
“After months of direct engagement with the United States, the Government of the Philippines has made significant improvements to the security operations of [Manila],” a DHS statement read.
“Both the Manila International Airport Authority and the Government of the Philippines civil aviation security authorities have demonstrated they are willing to work toward sustaining those improvements,” it added.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) earlier said the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had recommended the installation of new equipment such as X-ray machines, walk-through metal detectors and alarm systems to help achieve compliance with its security standards.
According to the DHS, the TSA also provided aviation security advisors to the Philippine government “to assist with development and implementation of corrective measure” at NAIA.