Ataturk Airport Attack Fallout: FAAN Advises Passengers, Airline Operator To Be Security Conscious
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has advised airport users, especially passengers and airline operators to be security conscious at airports, following the spate of recent security breaches, including bomb blasts, at some airports around the world.
The advice is coming after a gun and suicide bomb attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport killed 42 people, including 13 foreign nationals.
A statement signed by the General Manager, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Yakubu Dati advised passengers not to accept any luggage from anyone and to report any suspicious movements or behaviour immediately to Aviation Security (AVSEC) personnel in the terminals.
Dati stated that FAAN on its part had put adequate security measures in place at all Nigerian airports, to forestall any form of security breach, including the installation of 3D screening machines, metal detectors and Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras.
He added that apart from the statutory security and safety measures already in place at the airports, sniffer dogs and members of the Bomb Detection Unit of the Nigerian Police Force have also been deployed at the airports, to complement the effort of our Aviation Security personnel at the security screening points.
He stated that in spite of these heightened security measures; passenger facilitation at airports has also been enhanced by the installation of more modern and bigger conveyor belts and metal walk-through detectors.
Airport terminals, the image maker said have also been expanded and modernised to provide better ambience and more space for passenger comfort.
“As the Sallah holiday approaches, the authority also wishes to advise air passengers to make early arrangements for their travels and to leave home early on their travel dates, in order to complete their boarding facilities in good time.”Dati further advised