17 February 2017
BEIRUT: Beirut’s airport will have new and advanced security screening machines, Public Works and Transport Minister Youssef Fenianos announced Thursday.
Fenianos said that the new purchases would be part of a renewed push to meet international standards set by ICAO, the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization.
The minister also revealed that major foreign companies were interested in investing in Lebanon and the airport. “World-renowned companies have shown interest in investing in the airport,” he said.
Aviation safety has been a reoccurring theme at Beirut airport for a number of reasons.
Most recently, reports emerged that gulls near the facility posed a threat to the safety of incoming and outgoing flights. Ultrasonic bird-repelling devices have since been installed to ensure aviation safety.
Airport officials said a total of 40 devices would be installed across the whole airport.
In January 2016, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said France and the United Kingdom were considering canceling flights into the airport over safety concerns, adding that the countries were waiting for the Lebanese government to act to close security gaps at the facility.
The claim was later called “baseless” by airport head Fadi Hasan.
Last June, new measures were also implemented, including limiting the amount of liquids and aerosols permitted in passengers’ hand luggage, following a measure long in place in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.© Copyright The Daily Star 2017.
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