Lagos — The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has taken additional security measures to forestall runway incursions at all airports in the country, especially those without perimeter fences.
According to Yakubu Dati, the FAAN spokesman, this is in response to the recent stowaway incident that occurred at the Benin Airport on August 24, 2013.
The new measures he said include, "at every airport without fully functional perimeter fence, a FAAN security vehicle will be deployed to a point within full view of the aircraft as it taxies out to take off and maintain visual scrutiny and if necessary to respond to any situation until every departing aircraft is safely airborne."
He also said "bushes at all airports are to be cleared to ensure full view of the perimeter, to allow both the control tower, FAAN Fire and Rescue observation posts and aviation security patrol teams have a sweeping view of the entire perimeter of an airport from their duty posts."
He said "static observation posts will be erected at strategic locations within the perimeter fence of all airports to forestall premeditated and inadvertent unauthorized access to the airside. This will be complemented by motorized and foot patrols. The absence of perimeter fences at most of our airports had always posed a challenge to FAAN because of the huge capital outlay required in constructing perimeter fences, some of which are as long as 40 kilometres, across the 22 network of airports across the country."