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US body requests DGCA to ‘tighten security’ at airport

KUWAIT CITY, July 9: The Director of Operations Department at the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation, Saleh Abdullah Al-Fdaghi, was recently quoted as saying the concerned Kuwaiti authorities have received a request from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) a body responsible for security at the US airports to implement some precautionary measures and additional inspection procedures, because of the volatile security conditions in the region, reports Al- Watan Arabic daily.

This comes following requests by US authorities for tighter security measures at airports around the world in anticipation of any terrorist acts. Al-Fdaghi said security measures at the airport in Kuwait are of high level, supported by regulators of world airports, including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the TSA which are responsible for the security of US transportation. Al-Fdaghi said no new or exceptional measures have been taken so far, because the measures taken by the Kuwaiti authorities at the Kuwait International Airport are adequate and meet all US demands.

He revealed the DGCA has signed a contract with experts and specialists from ICAO about 3 months ago in the area of security and safety procedures at airports to support and implement security measures required globally, and they are currently posted permanently at the airport.

The contract runs for two years. He explained the TSA two weeks ago conducted a periodic inspection of the airport and praised the role of the Interior Ministry and the DGCA concerning all security measures and issued some instructions to the concerned officials how to further strengthen security measures.

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