Death of Bin Laden sends NAIA on alert status

Death of Bin Laden sends NAIA on alert status

Philippine airport authorities have placed the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) under alert status following the death of notorious terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

U.S. officials said bin Laden was killed early Monday by a joint operation of the United States military and Pakistani forces during a night-time helicopter in a million-dollar compound in a summer resort just over an hour’s drive from Pakistan’s capital. After 40 minutes of fighting, bin Laden and an adult son, one unidentified woman and two men were dead, the officials said.

The Manila International Airport Authority in an advisory said they are strictly implementing access control procedures on personnel and vehicles, and rigid inspection and challenge procedures at security checkpoints at the NAIA complex.

The police have also intensified visibility and APD-K-9 paneling at the terminals and have maximized the deployment of patrol vehicles at Aircraft Movement Areas and perimeter.

Intelligence and monitoring operations were also stepped up as added precautionary measures to ensure the security and safety of airport users against any possible retaliation from the followers of the dead al Qaeda leader.