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Police intel for airports

Luke Rawalai
Monday, June 09, 2014

THE Attorney-General and Civil Aviation Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the security of airstrips on islands will rest on police intelligence.

Responding to passengers concerns over the lack of security measures at the Labasa airport, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the police through its intelligence were aware of criminal activities that could be carried out through air transport.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the level of security in airports such as Labasa, Savusavu and Taveuni would be different compared with the international airports in Nadi and Nausori.

"The type of security checks in Labasa and Savusavu obviously would be different to what they have in Suva and Nadi because these are not international airports," he said.

"There are different levels of border control issues and security needs that are to be imposed in international gateways as such.

"The police force, through their intelligence is aware of any criminal activities that could be carried out through air transport."

Earlier on, a few passengers of a local air carrier raised their concern on the need for security at the Labasa airport.

According to Siteri Manainaceva, people could easily smuggle drugs to Labasa because there were no checks made at the terminal compared with Nausori.

Mrs Manainaceva said the authorities should look into the issue.

Gerald Naicker said he was shocked at how people walked freely from the plane to the terminal and vice-versa without being examined, saying it was a risky situation.

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