Increased airport security will not affect passengers

Increased airport security will not affect passengers
by Elaine Attard

Increased security at Malta International Airport will not affect passengers, an MIA spokesman has told The Malta Independent on Sunday.

Last week the MIA issued a statement saying that airport security measures had been increased, referring to an alleged incident reported in sections of the media about a passenger travelling from Malta to Rome on 23 December who was purportedly found in possession of two knives at Fiumicino Airport.

Regardless of this alleged incident, and without prejudicing the outcome of the investigation being carried out by the authority for civil aviation security, the Office of the Manager, Airport Security, MIA said it would be taking various steps to enhance security at the airport, including the introduction or upgrading of various items of equipment, an increase in aviation security training and more intense testing of its employees’ knowledge of airport security.

Regarding the upgrading of equipment, MIA said it does not intend to introduce the airport security apparatus that allows officials to see through clothing. However, the airport is closely monitoring EU-wide developments on the subject.

Body imaging technology can see through clothing to reveal metallic and non-metallic objects, including weapons or plastic explosives, and also reveals a person’s silhouette and even the outline of underwear. Full-body scanners are already in use in several EU countries and the US.

MIA said its intention is to ensure the safety of passengers at all times while they are in the airport.

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