Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2013

DHS still questions safety of Venezuelan airports

maiquetiaairportWASHINGTON, CARACAS – Since 2005, the Venezuelan government has not permitted the U.S. Transportation Security Agency (TSA) to assess the safety and security standards of Venezuelan airports that provide direct service to the United States, as required by the U.S. Congress. In September 2008, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began to post public notices at U.S. airports to notify passengers of this issue.

The President of the Venezuelan National Institute for Civil Aviation (INAC), Fransisco Paz Fleitas indicated many times that the department is in constant meeting with U.S. representatives from different American aviation companies. “The importance of holding such meetings … to discuss [and address] the distorted and erroneous perceptions caused by the signs placed in U.S. airports regarding the supposed lack of safety of Venezuelan airports.”

The Public Notice reads as follows:

Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security  (DHS) is unable to determine whether international airport in Venezuela that serve as last point of departure for non-stop flights to the United States maintain and carry out effective security measures. This notice is being issued because the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been unable to assess whether these airports meet the security standard adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as mandated by 49 U.S.C. 44907. 

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