Friday, February 01, 2019

Morocco's Airports Open Doors for Non-Travellers

Since Tuesday, January 29, all airports in Morocco are accessible to non-travellers. This was announced by a source at the National Office of Airports (ONDA). It was the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) that made the decision two years after implementing the measure.

In March 2016, two terrorists blew themselves up at Brussels International Airport in Belgium. Following the tragedy that left 14 dead and at least 92 injured, the Moroccan airports had reinforced their security in April, barring access to departure and arrival halls to all those who were not equipped with 'a flight ticket. Upon arriving at the airport gates, travellers had to show their travel documents.

"These measures were taken for security reasons, in accordance with international requirements," said a source working at ONDA.

Does the DGNS plan to strengthen security measures elsewhere in the airport? "The security measures at the airport level are continuously reinforced, in harmonisation with the international standards envisaged on this subject", affirms to our writing a source within the DGSN. "Currently, with the return of the access of passengers and their companions to the air platforms, these measures will remain on the same level of vigilance for both parties", adds our source.

Airports are still monitored by the military deployed in 2014 with the Hadar plan . They are responsible for ensuring the safety of passengers against any terrorist threat.


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