Christmas: FAAN deploys sniffer dogs, bomb detectors in airports

(FILES) File photo dated on September 11, 2007 shows the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Nigeran Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, was subdued by fellow passengers and crew aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam on December 25, 2009 after he allegedly tried to detonate an explosive device as the plane descended toward Detroit. Dutch authorities confirmed that the detained suspect had flown from Nigeria to Amsterdam and then on to Detroit with a valid US visa. Nigerian officials said on December 26, 2009 that he had boarded a KLM flight from Lagos after undergoing normal security checks at the airport. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

To ensure the safety of pas­sengers at Christmas and the New Year, the Feder­al Airports Authority of Nige­ria (FAAN) has deployed sniffer dogs, bomb detectors and secu­rity operatives in all the airports in the country. The General Manager, Pub­lic Affairs of FAAN, Mrs. Henri­etta Yakubu, according to an avi­ation portal, assured members of the public, especially passen­gers and airline operators, that necessary operational and se­curity measures had been put in place in all the airports to ensure hitch-free movement of passen­gers and cargo during the Yule­tide holidays.

While advising air travellers to adhere strictly to airport rules and regulations in order to have seamless trips during and after the Yuletide, Yakubu said that gi­ant generating sets had been in­stalled in major airports to boost power supply.
She said: “Passenger facili­tation at all our airports has also been enhanced by the upgrade of power installations, installation of modern and bigger conveyor belts and metal walk-through de­tectors, servicing of lifts and esca­lators. Stringent measures are be­ing taken to eradicate the menace of touts and other unwholesome activities around the terminals.”
According to her, intending air passengers should plan their trip very well by booking ahead to avoid unnecessary delays.
She also cautioned passen­gers not to carry on board pro­hibited items such as liquids and inflammable items, stressing that such items must be checked-in.
Yakubu also advised travel­lers to secure their luggage and not leave them in the hands of anyone at the airports, adding that any luggage left unattend­ed would be destroyed by secu­rity agents.
She said FAAN in line with the zero tolerance on touting had stepped up patrol within and around the airports to ensure that no single tout enters at airports.
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