Undas 2019: Passengers reminded to be at transport hubs early for security inspection
Robie de Guzman • October 26, 2019 • 1272
MANILA, Philippines – The Office for Transportation Security (OTS) on Friday reminded passengers to arrive at the airport three hours ahead for international flights, and two hours for domestic flights, to allow enough time for security inspection and other airport procedures.
In a statement, the OTS said this is line with the “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Undas 2019” of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the Catholic community’s observance of annual Undas.
The OTS said security in rail stations, airports, bus terminals, seaports across the country have been heightened in time for Undas when the influx of passengers going to and coming from provinces is expected to be high.
OTS Administrator Undersecretary Raul Del Rosario said the filing of leave of airport Security Screening Officers, who are at the forefront of the implementation of the national transportation security program, have been canceled as the agency implements stricter security control measures under Security Condition Level 2.
Under the heightened security condition, airport security screeners may require shoe inspection when alerted by the walk-thru metal detectors.
Passengers can also expect a stricter screening process by going through full-body scanners and baggage which may undergo Explosive Trace Detection machines, the agency said.
The Philippine National Railways (PNR) unveiled two new train sets on Friday (February 14).
The two 8100 series of diesel multiple unit (DMU) delivered from Indonesia will begin operating on Tuesday (February 18) from Tutuban to Alabang station. It is expected that these series can serve 1,000 passengers per trip.
Passengers may avail free rides during the trains’ 150-hour validation and static test which will last for 10 days.
PNR General Manager Junn Magno led the unwrapping of the 8100 series consisting of two (2) trainsets with four-car formation per set.
“With the additional new trains, ang estimate namin, the whole fleet can now accommodate additional 35,000 passengers, and it will be increasing in the next few years,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
MANILA, Philippines – A departing passenger was nabbed at Davao International Airport while attempting to sneak in sharp objects past airport screening.
Personnel from the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) found two pieces of nipper and a nail pusher skillfully concealed inside a pomelo fruit on Monday (February 10.)
The x-ray operator Security Screening Officer (SSO) Rolando Pait detected the items after a suspicious image appeared on the x-ray screen.
The owner of the item, identified as Dioleta Barapon, was bound for Cebu via Cebu Pacific flight 5J 598.
According to Barapon, she intentionally hid the items inside the fruit as she considers them her prized possession.
OTS Administrator Usec. Raul Del Rosario warns passengers not to even attempt smuggling illegal items because it may put them in peril.
“Huwag po nating gagawin yung mga ganyan, dahil madedetect po natin yan. Remember, we have procured new and advanced technologies. Gone are the days when we can circumvent security screening procedures by artful concealment,” Del Rosario said.
“Maaari po kayong mapahamak o maabala, dahil baka po mapagkamalan na kayo po ay may hindi magandang intensyon sa pagtatago ng mga prohibited items papasok ng eroplano,” he added.
Del Rosario reminds all passengers to check their luggage before their scheduled flights and make sure no illegal item is inside their bag.
It is also safe to pack your own luggage, Del Rosario added.
Information on prohibited items may be viewed at the agency’s website www.ots.gov.ph and official Facebook page.
The incident was properly recorded and the item was properly discharged as part of the agency’s standard operating procedure.
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