The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said that it has beefed up security at the nation’s airports, especially the international gateways in recognition of the latest terror threats unmasked by the
United States, which indicated that Al Qaeda have prepared special bombs that could evade detection by the traditional X-ray machines.
On a mission to beat security officials and smuggle the bombs into countries the bombs were made.
The General Manager, Corporate Communication of FAAN, Yakubu Dati, said the agency had improved security at the nation’s airports even before the current threat from al Qaeda since th Islamic sect the country may be working in concert with the international terror organisations.
Dati said that FAAN’s Aviation Security (AVSEC) conducts comprehensive body search of passengers and checked in bags and hand luggage are subjected to extra scrutiny, adding that the airport terminals are also being fortified to prevent drive in bombers.
He therefore appealed to passengers to arrive at the airports at least three hours before international flights and two hours for domestic flights as more time is devoted to screening passengers to ensure the security and safety of travellers and other airport users.
The General Manager also disclosed that the federal government recently acquired new security equipment which were deployed at the airports and had trained new security personnel in a quest to unravel the bombs if truly they exist