Transport Minister orders review of security arrangements at local airports

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan. 8, CMC – Transport Minister Mike Henry has ordered a review of security arrangements at the Norman Manley, Sangster and Ian Fleming International Airports.
The order was issued following fatal shootings at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday.
“While I have every confidence in the security systems and arrangements that are in force in Jamaica, I do not wish to leave anything to chance as a chain can only be strong as its weakest link,” said Henry in a release on Saturday.
He added that the review will determine if any additional security measures should be implemented.
In nothing that Jamaica has an enviable aviation record which in recent times, has exceeded the standard that has been established internationally, the Transport Minister also said at times, the screening process at airports may cause inconvenience for some passengers, especially those who are physically challenged.
“I apologise for any such inconvenience and I am asking passengers for their patience and understanding as I am taking every step to ensure that the available technology will be acquired and utilized as the safety of passengers is the number one priority,” Henry said .
Meanwhile, the man suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport has been charged by prosecutors.
Esteban Santiago, 26, is accused of opening fire, killing five people and injuring six others.
He is charged with carrying out an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death, which carries a maximum punishment of execution.

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