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LAGOS, NIGERIA, AIRPORT LACKS EFFECTIVE SECURITY MEASURES, CARD FINDS

LAGOS, NIGERIA, AIRPORT LACKS EFFECTIVE SECURITY MEASURES, CARD FINDS
 WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Secretary of Transportation Andrew H. Card Jr. has determined that the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, does not maintain effective security measures.
 In view of the finding, he has directed that carriers issuing tickets for travel between the United States and Lagos notify passengers buying tickets of his determination.
 In an order issued today, Card said the Lagos airport's security measures fail to meet standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Card also found that conditions exist which threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft and crew traveling into or out of the airport.
 The secretary also directed that the determination be displayed prominently at all U.S. airports and published in the Federal Register. The order is effective immediately.
 A team of security experts from the Federal Aviation Administration recently assessed the security measures at the Lagos airport and found they did not meet minimum international standards.
 Card said the FAA is prepared to work with the Nigerian government to improve security at the airport. When the deficiencies are corrected and this is verified by an FAA assessment, Card said he would notify the public that the airport's security is effective.
 Under the International Security and Development Cooperation Act of 1985, DOT assesses security at foreign airports with direct service to the United States. If the secretary determines that security at an airport is not effective, DOT is required to notify the foreign government of the findings and recommend corrective actions.
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 /CONTACT: Ed O'Hara of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-366-5571/ CO: U.S. Department of Transportation ST: District of Columbia IN: TRN SU:


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