MANILA, Philippines --- Beginning Nov. 1, the airport authority is relaxing its policy on shoe inspection for all departing passengers except those bound for the United States.
Airport General Manager Jose Angel Honrado said yesterday, "Beginning Nov. 1, 2012, shoe inspection at the final security checkpoints in the departure areas of all terminals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) shall no longer be mandatory under 'Normal Alert' conditions. Screeners may only 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," Honrado said.
However, "US bound carriers shall implement shoe inspection at the boarding areas as a requirement by the United States Department of Homeland Security," he said.
Honrado was quick to clarify that the shoe inspection policy becomes mandatory during "High Alert Level" conditions at the NAIA. High alert is declared when government intelligence reports warn of vital facilities like airports being targets of terrorist attacks.
"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," Honrado said.