Thu, Feb 16, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Security measures at CKS International to be revised

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday asked the aviation police and customs officials to tighten security measures at CKS International Airport after two passengers passed through customs and security checks without valid visas in the past two weeks.

"The airport is the front door to our country. It is also makes the first impression on foreigners when they arrive. Security breaches of this nature should not occur at such a place," Government Information Office Minister and Cabinet Spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said during a press conference after the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday morning.

In the space of 14 days, two passengers breached the airport's security by entering without valid visas. One was a Canadian English teacher and the other a Taiwanese tour guide. Although both were subsequently arrested, their ability to pass through customs embarrassed officials.

Cheng said that the premier had asked officials to begin their review of the airport's security measures by tightening the regulations that apply to airport reporters.

Most local media, including print and broadcast agencies, have designated reporters at CKS International Airport. These reporters have, until now, been allowed to roam freely both inside and outside the airport provided they display credentials issued by the Aviation Police Department.

"Don't get me wrong. I am not saying that reporters' rights to cover stories at the airport will be limited," Cheng said.

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