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Terminals In Several Other Nations Already Enforce Strict Non-Passenger Rules

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PETALING JAYA: Banning non-passengers from entering certain airport areas – currently being mulled by the Government – is a security measure practised at several airports elsewhere in the world.

Only passengers with confirmed tickets for travel are allowed entry into the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India.

According to the travel website fullstopindia.com, all entry gates at the airport are secured by two armed guards.

“Travellers must show their passport and ticket to gain access. Without the proper proof of flight reservation, you will be turned away.

“This means no family, no friends, no driver or help of any kind is allowed to escort passengers into the airport,” it stated.

The Hazrat Shahjalal Interna­tional Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh, also does not allow non-passengers in its concourse area.

“It is better to bid farewell to your near and dear ones at home rather than crowding the airport,” it stated on its website.

Those who were not travelling, it added, would have to buy entry tickets into the departure terminal and they could not re-enter once they had left it.

Security is also tight at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, the Philippines.

Family and friends are required to wait at a designated area outside the terminal for arriving passengers.

Similarly, only passengers are allowed to enter the airport for departure.

After the terror attack on the World Trade Centre on Sept 11, 2001, the United States’ Federal Aviation Administ­ration had said the nation’s airports might no longer allow people without tickets past security checkpoints.

For instance, the websites of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Interna­tional Airport and Los Angeles World Airports clearly stated that only passengers were allowed beyond the screening checkpoint.

Family, friends or non-passengers may apply for gate passes from airlines should they need to accompany passengers with special and medical needs, the elderly and minors.

The move, according to the Associated Press, was among several measures taken to beef up security after Sept 11.

Other bans include curbside pick-ups and the parking of cars close to terminals.

Last Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi proposed to have only passengers inside airport terminals pending a study and recommendation by the Transport Ministry and relevant authorities.

The proposal includes that only passengers should be allowed at check-in counters, while those sending them off should wait outside the building or at a particular place.

The proposal came following recent terrorist attacks in Nice, France, and the Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey, where at least 41 people were killed when three terrorists attacked with guns and explosives last month.

PETALING JAYA: Banning non-passengers from entering certain airport areas – currently being mulled by the Government – is a security measure practised at several airports elsewhere in the world.

Only passengers with confirmed tickets for travel are allowed entry into the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India.

According to the travel website fullstopindia.com, all entry gates at the airport are secured by two armed guards.

“Travellers must show their passport and ticket to gain access. Without the proper proof of flight reservation, you will be turned away.

“This means no family, no friends, no driver or help of any kind is allowed to escort passengers into the airport,” it stated.

The Hazrat Shahjalal Interna­tional Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh, also does not allow non-passengers in its concourse area.

“It is better to bid farewell to your near and dear ones at home rather than crowding the airport,” it stated on its website.

Those who were not travelling, it added, would have to buy entry tickets into the departure terminal and they could not re-enter once they had left it.

Security is also tight at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, the Philippines.

Family and friends are required to wait at a designated area outside the terminal for arriving passengers.

Similarly, only passengers are allowed to enter the airport for departure.

After the terror attack on the World Trade Centre on Sept 11, 2001, the United States’ Federal Aviation Administ­ration had said the nation’s airports might no longer allow people without tickets past security checkpoints.

For instance, the websites of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Interna­tional Airport and Los Angeles World Airports clearly stated that only passengers were allowed beyond the screening checkpoint.

Family, friends or non-passengers may apply for gate passes from airlines should they need to accompany passengers with special and medical needs, the elderly and minors.

The move, according to the Associated Press, was among several measures taken to beef up security after Sept 11.

Other bans include curbside pick-ups and the parking of cars close to terminals.

Last Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi proposed to have only passengers inside airport terminals pending a study and recommendation by the Transport Ministry and relevant authorities.

The proposal includes that only passengers should be allowed at check-in counters, while those sending them off should wait outside the building or at a particular place.

The proposal came following recent terrorist attacks in Nice, France, and the Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey, where at least 41 people were killed when three terrorists attacked with guns and explosives last month.

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