The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Friday said Philippine airports have begun their necessary preparations for the anticipated influx of passengers for the upcoming All Saints and All Souls Day holidays.
In a statement, CAAP said the airports will maintain the reinforced security measures and remain on high alert following the series of reported bomb jokes and threats over the past weeks.
“Aside from these measures, CAAP, together with local authorities including PNP-AVSEU, OTS, DOT, CAB, and airlines, are working in coordination for efficient processing of passengers, especially at the check-in counters,” CAAP said, referring to the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group, Office of Transportation Security, Department of Tourism, and Civil Aeronautics Board.
CAAP added that it has requested additional deployment of personnel from airline stakeholders in order to accommodate the increase in travelers.
Included in the security protocols are thorough scanning of passenger baggage, and maximum deployment of service and security personnel under a “no leave” policy for the duration of the operation.
Malasakit Help desks and hotlines will also be available to immediately address passenger concerns.
CAAP reminded passengers travelling internationally to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their departure time to avoid inconveniences. —Jiselle Anne Casucian/KBK, GMA Integrated News