Airport ‘safe, secure’
THE Authorities have spent about $3 million upgrading Barbados’ airport to make it more “safe and secure” since the international shake-up caused by the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
This was revealed by Joseph Johnson, chief operating officer of Grantley Adams International Airport Inc. (GAIA), as Americans prepared to mark the tenth anniversary of the plane attacks on New York’s Twin Towers and other areas of the United States, that killed thousands of people and threw international air travel into a tailspin.
Johnson told the SUNDAY SUN that after 9/11 “Barbados reviewed its security definition and spent the necessary funds in equipping the facility as well as training personnel to ensure that the airport maintained the required standards as mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, of which Barbados is a member-state and signatory to the Chicago Convention”.
He said that, for example, prior to 9/11, there were three scanners at the entrance to the Departures Hall, but that had been increased to five, due to the additional checks required and the number of people being screened. (BW)
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