US To Lift Bali Travel Warning

The US will soon lift its travel warning to Bali as the Ngurah Rai international airport has met international security standards.

Chadik Wibowo, aviation security manager of state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I at Ngurah Rai, told The Jakarta Post on Saturday (8/9/07) the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agency had informed him the US government would soon lift the travel warning to Bali.

"You will receive good news shortly," Chadik quoted an official at the TSA headquarters in Washington DC as saying during a visit to airports in the US from Aug. 12-24.

Chadik was told the proposal to withdraw the travel warning to Bali had been lodged with the US Congress and "it was just a matter of time" before its official announcement.

TSA is a US government agency created in response to aviation security threats after the September 11, 2001 terror attack.
In December 2005, it advised airline passengers to avoid Ngurah Rai airport because it did not maintain or administer effective aviation security measures and failed to meet the security standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Then-Transportation Minister Hatta Radjasa protested the assessment and announcement made by TSA on Ngurah Rai, saying that it should be the ICAO, not TSA that had the authority to conduct such an assessment.

Chadik said PT Angkasa Pura I had made concerted efforts to improve infrastructure and human resources pertaining to security management.

The airport now employs 820 security personnel and has placed X-Ray devices to screen all cargo.
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