PAL prepares for new security measures for US-bound flights

PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) conducted on Monday dry-runs in preparation for the execution of heightened security measures for its US-bound flights by way of additional and expanded check-in procedures.

Affected flights are those from Manila to the following destinations: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and Guam. The exception is PAL’s flights from Manila via Vancouver to New York, which is conducted four times weekly.

PAL has 41 flights weekly to the US, originating at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 2.

Spokesman Cielo Villaluna said the dry-run will simulate time and motion experience. She advised all PAL US-bound passengers to expect a slightly different check-in setup and to arrive at the airport at least three to four hours before flight departure.

PAL said the first phase of the enhanced security measures had been in place since July 19. The measures include the installation of an explosive trace-detection device on large portable electronic devices.

There are more than 2,000 flights by 180 air carriers coming to the US daily from abroad, including the Philippines. These flights represent about 325,000 passengers.

On its web site, the US Department of Homeland Security said, “Terrorists continue to target commercial aviation, and their efforts have evolved into a web of threats, including innovative methods for attacking passenger aircraft.”