MANILA - Air passengers during the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day rush should monitor possible cancellation of flights due to typhoon Rosita, the head of the country's main airport said Sunday.
Rosita will likely hit the Cagayan-Isabela area on Tuesday and will continue dumping rains over large parts of the country on Thursday, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
Weather disturbances typically force the cancellation of flights so passengers should check updates from PAGASA and coordinate with their airlines, Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal told radio DZMM.
Monreal reminded travelers that they should remove shoes and empty their pockets during the final security check at airports.
Party-list lawmaker Aniceto John Bertiz in late September drew flak for disobeying this protocol and confronting a security screener at the country's main airport.
Last year, the NAIA tallied a 3.7-percent passenger increase during the Undas season, from Oct. 27 to Nov. 5. This is equal to roughly 120,000 travelers, said Monreal.
Authorities expect "more or less the same" figure this year, he said.
Millions of Filipino Catholics are expected to offer prayers and flowers for their departed loved ones in cemeteries during the All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day holidays.
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will deploy 3,600 officers to transport terminals and cemeteries for the "day of the dead" commemoration, said its chief, Director Guillermo Eleazar.
Authorities will confiscate alcoholic drinks, pointed objects, flammable materials and gambling kits from cemetery visitors starting Wednesday, he said in a DZMM interview.