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Airtight call


Mike King

Airtight call

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BARBADOS could face sanctions from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) if tighter security measures are not introduced in and around Grantley Adams International Airport.
ICAO audited Barbados in June and, according to Director of Civil Aviation Mitchinson Beckles, measures that it demanded be implemented should be concluded by monthend.
Beckles noted that ICAO was the aviation arm of the United Nations “so whenever ICAO takes action against any country, it is like the United Nations has taken that action. So when we sign any treaties or agree to any conventions of ICAO, we are agreeing to signing off on a United Nations convention”.
He added that international requirements demanded that thorough background checks be conducted on all those entrusted with security at ports of entry, and they must reveal people unsuitable for airside duties, that is, in the area beyond passport and customs control in the terminal.

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