Nation’s airports on high alert
The Dominican Republic’s international airports have been placed on a higher alert status following last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Starting yesterday, Wednesday 18 November 2015, check-in procedures for passengers heading to cities in the United States and Europe are now lengthier. The director of the Specialized Corps of Airport Security And Civil Aviation, General Aracenis Castillo de la Cruz, ordered a security alert for all personnel at the Las Americas International Airport and the country’s other international terminals. This measure may also have received some impulse after five Syrians were found in Honduras using forged Greek passports, and the fact that Russia announced that its plane that crashed in Egypt last month had been brought down by a bomb on board. As a result, baggage checks for overseas-bound passengers have become more rigorous, with each bag being checked thoroughly by hand. General Castillo de la Cruz told Listin Diario reporters: “Right now we have ordered a general alert for the personnel who control passenger services, not only at Las Americas but also in the country’s other airports. He asked passengers, who have reacted with irritation at these new checks, for their patience and understanding. Castillo de la Cruz noted that his agency works in coordination with the International Civil Aviation Organization and the United States Transportation Safety Administration as well as agencies from European countries.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
Nov 19, 2015
Category: DR News |