‘NO HUMAN CONTACT’ | Duterte wants new airport rules

4 months ago

DECEMBER 6, 2018 – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he wants passengers to have easier access to immigration counters in the country’s international airports.

“Alam mo kung mayroong improvement diyan sa public service sa airports, one is that no more inspections sa bagahe papasok. Magdala kayong dinamita, bala, cocaine, okay lang, walang bukas na ‘yan, pagdating mo sa labas doon maghihintay ‘yung PDEA at pulis,” Duterte said during his speech in Pasay City.

Duterte also proposed to do away with the manual frisking by assigned immigration officers — a process, he said, that takes time and results in long passenger queues in airports.

“I made a point kasi gusto ko lang na no more opening of the bags at ngayon po wala na ‘yung human contact sa immigration,” he added.

“All you have to do is slide, you just swipe your passport and you can go out. No more questions sa immigration at ‘yung pagbalik palabas, I am requiring them altogether to adapt the same system,” Duterte said.

Recently, 18 electronic gates (e-gates) were installed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), and at the Cebu-Mactan and Davao international airports to ease the holiday season travel rush.

With the e-gates, queues move faster as the machines only take eight to 15 seconds to process a passenger. They also don’t need to line up at the counters for manual processing by BI officers.

The government relies heavily on immigration personnel at airports to prevent unwelcome or illegal aliens from entering the country.