[TTAA] Aviation Audit gives AA bad security grade

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[TTAA] Aviation Audit gives AA bad security grade

Unread post by bimjim » Tue Apr 17, 2012

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[TTAA] Aviation Audit gives AA bad security grade
NALINEE SEELAL
Sunday, April 15 2012

A security audit carried out by the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority has revealed that the Airports Authority is not in compliance with the Civil Aviation Regulations.

Yesterday, chairman of the Airports Authority, Gerald Hadeed, told Sunday Newsday that following the results of the security audit, the AA has now taken full measures to deal effectively with the loopholes, and to ensure that the concerns are corrected in the shortest possible time.

He said several recommendations were given to the Airports Authority, adding, “We are putting measures in place to correct the problems.”

However, Hadeed insisted it was the former PNM administration which failed to provide the necessary training for security officers employed with the Airports Authority, which resulted in the authority not being compliant with Civil Aviation Regulations.

“We are at the present time looking to put an active programme in place for training of the over 400 security officers and whatever we are being requested to do by the Civil Aviation Authority.”

He said the remedial measures have already started, but blamed 100 of the 300 security officers for creating shortcomings in the Airports Authority’s attempt to speed up the process of becoming CAA compliant.

Most of the security officers at the Airports Authority are supposed to be trained in certain aspects of work related to the smooth running of an airport to meet Civil Aviation Regulations.

According to Hadeed, the audit discovered the officers were not trained properly with respect to the scanning of baggage and other pieces of equipment. They were also not trained properly with respect to the supervision of incoming and departing passengers, as well as other functions related to work at the Airports Authority where security issues are concerned.

He denied allegations being made that the two airports will be downgraded because of the non-compliance with CAA regulations.

“That is an absolute irresponsible statement, and we consider it as rumours which are unfounded.”

In a release issued yesterday, the Airports Authority stated the board and executive viewed the findings of the security audit by the Civil Aviation Authority with concern. The release also said security audits are a normal part of regulatory, facilitative and cooperative processes between the two authorities.

It also noted the details emanating from such reports seek to identify any gaps that may exist and make recommendations to plug such gaps.

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