Without acknowledging the existence of “tanim bala” modus operandi operating at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued tips for air transport passengers to avoid falling prey to the syndicate.
- Passengers should strictly monitor all luggage and never allow strangers to handle them.
- All zippers, pouches and pockets of luggage must be closed, locked and sealed.
- When passing through airport security X-ray and walk-thru metal detectors, passengers should never lose sight of their respective luggage.
- After bags passed through X-ray, passengers should immediately retrieve their bags as they exit the X-ray machine.
- Passengers should also refrain from accepting any luggage or items from strangers.
“Security is everyone’s concern so we must all be vigilant for the protection of the riding passengers,” CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio said.
CAAP is currently managing 84 provincial airports, 42 of which are involved in commercial operations. It has already allotted funds for additional and upgraded cameras to all CAAP-managed airport.