Departing passenger stopped at NAIA Terminal 4 for carrying airsoft gun
Marje Pelayo • February 18, 2020 • 324
MANILA, Philippines – Personnel from the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) intercepted an airsoft gun inside a hand-carry bag of a departing passenger at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The suspected illegal item was detected on the x-ray screen at the final security screening checkpoint on Thursday (February 13) by Security Screening Officer (SSO) Ma. Stella Patanao, the x-ray operator on duty.
A passenger of AirSwift flight number T6 106 bound for El Nido, Palawan identified as Aira Abrina Cabailo claimed the bag which was subjected to a manual inspection.
One piece of airsoft gun and several gun pellets were recovered from Cabailo’s bag, according to OTS.
Under airport policy, airsoft guns are allowed only inside checked in baggage.
The item was seized and turned over to the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group for appropriate handling.
Meanwhile, Cabailo was allowed to continue with her scheduled flight without undue delay.
An aircraft bound for Japan exploded at Runway 24 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday (March 29) at around 8:00 PM, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) confirmed in a statement.
The Lion Air West Wind 24 aircraft bound for Haneda, Japan was carrying eight passengers — three medical personnel, three flight crew, a patient and a companion— on a medical evacuation mission.
It was about to take off when it suddenly caught fire then exploded, killing all eight people on board.
Immediately after the incident, the MIAA Fire and Rescue team were dispatched to the site to douse the flames with chemical foam.
The runway has been temporarily closed, as investigators from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board of the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines are now on site to determine the cause of the incident.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will move all remaining flights to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 starting March 28.
According to MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal this aims to minimize the exposure of airport workers to the coronavirus disease(COVID-19) while ensuring continuous operations at NAIA, as per the instructions of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade.
Beginning 0001H (12:01AM) of March 28, 2020, the following airlines will be operating to and from NAIA Terminal 1:
Gulf Air, Korean Airlines, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, Hong Kong Air, Eva Air, Japan Airlines, Royal Brunei, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.
Several foreign and local airlines have already ceased operations due to the imposed travel ban to prevent the further spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, MIAA vowed to continue sweeper flights at NAIA Terminal 2.
“Sweeper flights and repatriation flights to help foreign nationals return to their home countries, are jointly undertaken by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in collaboration with the embassies,” according to MIAA.
UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.