Shoe inspection at NAIA no longer mandatory

Posted at 10/23/12 1:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines –Travelers using the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will no longer be required to remove their shoes for inspection upon departure.

Major General Jose Angel Honrado, general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said that NAIA is relaxing its policy on shoe inspection starting next month.

“Beginning November 1, 2012, shoe inspection at the final security checkpoints in the departure areas of all NAIA Terminals shall no longer be mandatory under normal alert conditions,” Honrado said.

Honrado, also the chairman of the NAIA Airport Security Committee, stressed that screeners may still ask passengers to remove their shoes if the alarm of the Walk-Thru Metal Detector (WTMD) is triggered or a passenger is randomly selected for shoe screening every 10-20 passengers.

“US-bound carriers however shall implement shoe inspection at the boarding areas as a requirement by the United States Department of Homeland Security,” Honrado added.

According to the airport chief, the shoe inspection policy is mandatory during high alert level conditions in NAIA.

“Passengers will surely be delighted by this development as this will further speed up their departure process. This is also our modest contribution to Government efforts to improve frontline services in airports and seaports,” he said.