A couple of days ago I wrote about an incident that occurred at Lagos Airport, where a man climbed onto the wing of a plane just shortly before it was due to take off. The man allegedly brought a carry-on, which he decided to store in the engine, and he wanted to fly to Ghana, even though the plane was just operating a domestic flight.
Unfortunately an incident like this doesn’t come as a surprise, given that Lagos Airport is known for having quite a few “incidents.” For example, last year Lagos Airport was in the news because apparently it was commonplace for robbers to go into the cargo hold of planes.
Following this latest incident, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is taking action, assuring travelers and airport users that new measures are already being put in place to enhance security.
FAAN is taking full responsibility for the breach, and says that the intruder is in custody. So, what is the airport going to do?
Stating that the Authority takes full responsibility for the breach, Capt Yadudu noted that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Transport and Honourable Minister of State, Aviation has already assisted in the award of contracts for perimeter fences at the airports, including detection devices and CCTV cameras with infrared capacity.
He added that plans are also underway to erect observation towers this year, so to enable proper monitor and coverage of the airport.
Wait a second, the airport hasn’t had perimeter fences up until now?! And this incident — and not the repeated robbing of aircraft cargo holds — is what’s causing them to take action?
It’s also noted that this is a “dynamic industry,” and that “new threats are springing up daily and the criminal elements are fashioning out ways to circumvent security architectures.”
I mean… I feel like a fence around an airport, or at least some sort of camera system and/or guard towers aren’t exactly novel innovations at this point?