1 Nov 2002

Airlines in Marshalls agree to discreet searches of VIPs

5:09 pm on 1 November 2002

Both major airlines operating out of Marshall Islands Majuro Airport have met with the Government and local businesses after objections to the airlines new security measures.

The requirement that the luggage of everyone, including political leaders, be subject to searches caused members of the Nitijela or Parliament to call for the Government to take over airport security.

That suggestion has raised concerns from the business community and the international airlines, Aloha Airlines and Continental Micronesia.

The airlines have now agreed that the searches of everyone should proceed but that the President's and his Ministers' luggage will be searched in private in the VIP lounge.

The airlines have reiterated that the new measures are not theirs but imposed by organisations such as the FAA.