U.S. says Manila airport security not up to code

Passengers queued up at Ninoy Aquino Airport.
Passengers queued up at Ninoy Aquino Airport. Photo Credit: Tupungato/Shutterstock

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued an advisory stating that the security operation at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino Airport does not meet international standards. 

As a result, the department is requiring airlines that issue tickets between the U.S. and Manila to notify passengers in writing of that determination. 

Only Philippines Airlines flies nonstop between Manila and the U.S., with service to New York JFK. But United and Delta also operate out of Manila, with United flying to the U.S. territory of Guam as well as the tiny Micronesian nation of Palau, and Delta flying Manila-Tokyo Narita. 

In a statement Tuesday, Delta said that it works alongside TSA to constantly assess security practices.

"Delta has established a multi-layered security program in [Manila] to mitigate potential risks to the operation," the carrier said. 

DHS said that a team of TSA security experts determined that Manila's airport falls short of standards set by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), which is the aviation arm of the United Nations.

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