The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has added more thermal screeners at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos for the intensive and thorough screening of all arriving passengers.
This is just as the airport authority insists that all forms for arriving passengers are correctly filled.
Manager MMIA, Mrs Victoria Shin – Aba while speaking with reporters in Lagos, said the thermal cameras have been increased to ensure every passenger was well screened and no one escapes screening.
She noted that with more cameras to capture the temperature of the passengers, it will help to reduce long queues and attend to all the passengers.
“We have increased it so that we don’t keep people on queues and nobody escapes being screened.”
Shin – Aba said the authority in collaboration with other concerned government agencies including the airlines ensures that forms given the passengers to fill their itinerary are correctly filled in the event there is a problem, they will know how to reach the passenger.
She noted that these forms are carefully analyzed by all the partners in this recent development to ascertain the information documented is accurate.
“By the time they pick the form and analyze them so that they follow up on people they know had something to do with china, they follow them up through telephone, through their address, through the local government and now it is more intensified.”
The airport manager assured that if there was a confirmed case, the airport authority has in place an area where such one can be attended to.
“When we have a suspected case, we have quarantine areas, where we can quarantine the passenger for sometimes and if it is a confirmed case of someone coming in from a flight we have another quarantine area on the tarmac so the person doesn’t even have to get into the terminal to mix with other passengers.”