MMIA undergoes US TSA security audit
The United States of America Transportation Security Administration, TSA team are currently in the country to audit the Security of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA Lagos in line with TSA security procedures.
The four-man TSA team led by Transportation Security Specialist (TSS), were in the Aviation House on Monday 29th February 2016 to brief the director general, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman on the exercise.
The team noted that they would in the course of the exercise observe the implementation of Aviation Security measures in place at the MMIA and exchange technical expertise in line with ICAO Annex 17 and International Aviation Security Standard and best Practices.
The TSA team will also conduct inspections on the implementation of TSA security procedures of Arik Airlines being the only Nigeria carrier that operates direct flight to United States and that of Delta Airline and United Airline, that both currently operate flight in and out of Nigeria.
The outlined agenda for the five-day exercise include the examination of Airport Operations and Standards, Quality Control, Access Control point at the Airport, Measures relating to Aircraft Maintenance, Passenger and Baggage Screening, Cargo, Mailing and Catering Services others.
Other essential issues to be examined are Screening Equipment, Airport Contingency Plan (ACP) and Airport Security Programme (ASP).
In his response, the director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Capt. Usman, in his response, thanked the TSA team for their visit and expressed the Authority’s willingness to partner, co-operate and assist the team for the success of the exercise.
According to him, ‘‘security is a serious issue and as a regulatory body, we give it much attention. Thus, security issues are resolved in a timely manner.’’
In attendance were officials from the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN and NCAA.
There will be a de-briefing by the team before their departure on Friday 4th March,2016 at the Aviation House.