US-TSA begins security audit of MMIA




A four-man team  from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) United States of America, is currently in the Country  carrying out the Security Audit  of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos  in line with TSA security procedures.


Members of the team, led by Transportation Security Specialist (TSS),were in the Aviation House on Monday to brief the Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Muhtar Usman on the exercise.


According to him, 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.


They 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.



Therefore, the outlined agenda for the five-day exercise will 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 etc.


Other essential issues to be examined are Screening Equipment, Airport Contingency Plan (ACP) and Airport Security Programme (ASP).


The DG, 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.’’


By: Sade Williams

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