MANILA International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal has announced that a total of 25 additional closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) will soon be installed in strategic areas at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as well as in baggage areas to monitor personnel and activities at the said airport terminal.
Monreal said that anyone who will be found involved in bag pilferage will be dealt with severely and appropriate charges will be filed against them.
The MIAA general manager said the baggage handling sections and other areas, initially at the NAIA Terminal, will be covered by modern CCTVs to avoid attempts at pilferage and monitor all movements inside the premier terminal. He added that most modern analytic cameras will be installed.
In line with this move, Monreal said he has directed all baggage personnel to wear pocketless pants and not to wear jewelry while on duty. He had also ordered random inspections and the fielding of policemen whom he said will be very visible in the said areas so that if something crops up, they can act immediately.
“The MIAA is doing everything possible to make NAIA a better airport for travelers and with the help of the CCTVs, pilferage will be avoided and those who will attempt at it will be put behind bars,” he said.
It was learned that Monreal’s directives were triggered by a report from an airline security official who bared that a number of baggage loaders working for different airlines at the airport used to pilfer valuables from check-in baggages.