Ngurah Rai Airport to Improve Passengers Surveillance


PT. Angkasa Pura Ngurah Rai International Airport will increase the capabilities of personnel in the supervision of passengers after the incident of passenger who creates chaos due to the influence of drugs in Virgin Australia flight.

“We will raise awareness as based on the standard there are several stages of security process,” said Co – General Manager of PT Angkasa Pura Ngurah Rai International Airport, I Gusti Ngurah Ardita, on Sunday.

According to him, as an anticipation step, if found any drunken passenger or in an uncontrollable state when he or she has been at the departure terminal, then the passenger is not allowed to enter the plane.

“They will not be departed without any permission from the airline. It is already a standard operating procedure,” he said.

The increasing alertness was done after the incident carried out by a passenger who made trouble in flying with Virgin Australia, Matt Christopher (28), on Friday (25/4).

While still in the air from Brisbane to Denpasar, Bali, the tall man was banging on the cockpit door, made the pilot reported a flight safety threat or hijack to the traffic control authorities (ATC) Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Matt is suspected under influence of drugs consumed shortly before boarding.

He was finally secured by joint personnel then brought to Bali police headquarter.

But the Indonesian side could only conduct investigations related to the incident. The results of further investigations will then be handed over to law enforcement authorities in Australia for imposing sanctions in accordance with the rules of the Tokyo Convention of 1963 related to flight.

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