How security at Changi Airport has been stepped

How security at Changi Airport has been stepped
Police officers checking the passports of travellers in the transit area at Changi Airport on 24 March 2014, as part of the airport’s measures to ensure the highest level of security is enforced.

SINGAPORE - Passengers on selected flights travelling to and from Changi Airport may have to undergo enhanced security checks, the airport police said on Monday.

This is part of their latest "calibrations" on their risk management approach of airport security in the wake of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, said Airport Police Division (APD) commander Sam Tee Chong Fui in a media briefing.

The new measures come after the APD held a mandatory meeting with more than 100 airlines to share their assessment of the incident and the measures that have to be put in place.

The police and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) have raised the security alert "as a precautionary measure", said a joint statement from the two agencies.

Said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Tee: "The police and ICA have been monitoring the MH370 situation closely, and have proactively reviewed and raised the security alert at Changi Airport as a precautionary measure. Police and ICA have calibrated the security measures to commensurate with the level of risk assessment."

He said that APD regularly reviews security measures with every international incident.

Last year, around 147,000 passengers passed through the airport daily and more than 6,900 flights landed or departed from the airport every week.



The facade of the terminals are designed to protect the building and passengers against explosive devices.

Bollards (short vertical posts) prevent vehicles from driving into the terminals.

Airport glass panels are glazed with an anti-shatter film, and a cable catcher system is designed to prevent these panels from flying inwards

More than 2,000 closed-circuit television (CCTV) onsite cameras are monitored by officers in the APD Command and Control Centre.


All checked baggage are inspected with five levels of screening, using automated scanners that can detect suspicious items such as explosives.

Depending on available resources, police dog units, or "K-9", screen baggage to detect controlled drugs, firearms and explosives. This unit will be deployed more frequently to screen baggage from selected flights.

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