TO CURTAIL the spread of the new strain of COVID -19 virus, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said it is automating access points into all airports, especially international terminals to reduce overcrowding of the facilities and possible human to human interface.
Managing Director, FAAN, Captain Hamisu Rabiu Yududu disclosed this to newsmen at the weekend said the authority was leaving nothing to chance in ensuring passengers, airline personnel ground handling operators, eateries and duty shop operators at airports adhere strictly to the prescribed protocols rolled out by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
The FAAN boss said besides measures rolled out during the first wave of the pandemic, the authority has not relented in ramping up efforts by its personnel to sensitize members of the public and airport users on the dangers of not complying with the guidelines.
The authority, he said continues to step up the game in ensuring the major planks of the protocols/guidelines – social distancing, sanitization, fumigation of baggage and reduction in person-to-person interface at airline counters are adhered to starve off further spread of the virus.
Yadudu said such steps had become necessary so as not to erode the confidence of air travel. He said once passengers have lost confidence in air travel, huge potential of the sector will be lost.
He said: “We are implementing enhanced measures for access control in line with COVID -19 Protocols at all airports. The regulations have not changed.
We continue to implement security access measures at the airports to guard against crowd control, we are carrying automation of all entry points into the airport to reduce a person to the person interface. With technology access control has improved to ensure people who do not have any business do not come into the terminal building. With reducing interface with humans, it has improved because you cannot bribe the computer to grant you access.”