NAIA screeners not impressed with new full-body scanners

By Raoul Esperas

Posted at Aug 12 2015 03:06 PM | Updated as of Aug 13 2015 02:59 AM

MANILA - Senior airport security screeners are not impressed with the new full-body scanners installed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminals.

Screeners under the Office of the Transport Security (OTS) revealed to ABS-CBN that during the initial quality inspection of the new scanners, some of the items they deliberately concealed were not detected.

They said they concealed ammunition and metal objects including cellphones in their shoes but they were able to slip these items through the full-body scanners.

They said the items were not detected especially when they executed a fast 360-degree turn while inside the detection zone.

The security screeners also believe that the queueing of passengers will be prolonged if two separate security procedures will be set up for all departing passengers.

At present, the OTS also lacks manpower to handle the new full-body scanners, they said, as some 25 personnel are under preventive suspension for various offenses in violation of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) service excellence program.

They added that most of them have not yet undergone training to handle the new full-body scanners.

Jose Mari Castaneda, president of the Defense Protection System Inc. (DPSI), the supplier of the scanners, clarified that they will supply an elevated platform for all of the 14 units to resolve the issue on undetected hidden items in shoes.

All 14 units of the full-body scanner will be subjected to a final quality evaluation before final use at NAIA Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4.