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US-bound passengers of Philippine Airlines to expect more stringent security measures

Passengers of the Philippines’ flagship carrier, Philippine Airlines (PAL), bound for the United States are in for stricter security measures as the US Department of Homeland Security imposes a dry run of enhanced regulations.

The tougher security measures for the US-bound flights—Manila-Los Angeles, Manila-San Francisco, Manila-Honolulu, Manila-Guam and Vancouver-New York—shall be in the form of “additional/expanded check-in procedures,” said PAL in a statement.

“This planned move is in line with the regulatory requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security for all flights operating from the ‘last point of departure to the United States,’” explained PAL spokesperson Ma. Cielo Villaluna.

To properly gear up for this upcoming move, PAL shall be running a dry run at the

Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal “to simulate time and motion experience.”

PAL also urged passengers of US-bound flights to anticipate a modified check-in set up and to arrive at the airport at least three hours before flight departure.

“The airline is seeking the understanding and kind cooperation of passengers as it carries out this ‘run through’ designed to ensure a seamless implementation of the expanded check-in procedure sometime in the future,” Villaluna added.

PAL started implementing this phase of DHS’ augmented security measures—the use of an explosive trace detection device on large portable electronic devices—back in July.

In the meantime, PAL vowed to its customers that talks were underway with the government to settle the issue of unpaid navigational fees and other charges to guarantee the flag carrier’s smooth operations.

PAL stated its representatives had met with government officials to tackle the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ (CAAP) collection of the air carrier’s P965 million in unpaid air navigation fees and other charges.

“After a series of exchanges of communications, PAL remains optimistic that the matter will be settled in the spirit of national interest. We echo the CAAP’s assurance that the welfare of the riding public is of topmost priority,” PAL said.

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