MANILA International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal is appealing to passengers to be responsible travelers and to mind both their safety and that of others who will be taking the same flight with them. His message is simple – for passengers to wait for their RT-PCR result and not to go to NAIA if they test positive of COVID.
This call comes on the heels of multiple interceptions made by airport guards as they check travel documents of departing passengers bound for both local and international destinations.
The airport chief stressed that airline passengers must wait for the release of their RT-PCR results and check it before going to NAIA to catch their flights. From January 1-15, 2022, 68 passengers were intercepted at NAIA’s departure areas as guards checked on their travel documents at the terminal entrances, most claiming that they did not check their results before heading for NAIA.
In 2021, MIAA records show that 576 passengers were intercepted by airport and airline authorities and prevented from boarding their flights after having been found to be carrying positive RT-PCR results.
“The numbers are really appalling. This behavior of some airline passengers is truly disturbing especially now that cases of infection are growing by the day,” MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said. “Hindi pwede ang palusot dito. The airlines are duty-bound to follow the regulations of the country of destination. There is no chance that a passenger can skip being checked of this very important requirement – no way at all,” the airport chief further stressed.
On the “No Vaccination No Ride” policy, the MIAA reminds domestic passengers to be ready with their vaccination card and a valid government-issued ID with photo as these documents will be required from them upon check-in.
He advised passengers who have clarifications regarding the implementation of the policy to contact their airline as they have been directed by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to carry out the order. The call to board or not board rests with them.