Nigeria: Airline directed to review security arrangement after stowaway incident

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's biggest airline Arik Air has been directed to review the security arrangement around its aircraft when they are parked, after the remains of an apparent stowaway were found on one of its airplanes on scheduled flight to the US last week.

The directive was issued by the Director-General of the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Muhtar Usman, on Tuesday to prevent the recurrence of stowaways finding their way onto aircraft parked at the nation’s airports before international flights.

In a statement, the NCAA boss directed Arik Air to ensure the presence of static security guards at all times at its aircraft parking positions.

Industry analysts said the recurring cases of stowaways at Nigeria's airports highlight the security lapses at the gateways, a dangerous development at a time that of increasing global terrorist threats.
-0- PANA SEG 18March2015

18 march 2015 09:54:25

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