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Philippine Airports on High Alert Ahead of Undas Travel Surge

CAAP airports remain on heightened alert during 'Undas'
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MANILA — As millions of Filipinos flock to visit ancestral homes and cemeteries during the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day holiday next month, the country’s airports are preparing for a spike in passengers by ramping up security measures.

All 42 commercial airports operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will remain on heightened alert starting October 24 through November 4, spokesperson Eric Apolonio said this week. That means more rigorous passenger and baggage screenings, with even minor anomalies like suspicious footwear coming under greater scrutiny.

The announcement comes after several bomb threats disrupted operations in recent weeks at airports like those serving Bicol and Puerto Princesa. While those threats proved false alarms, they served as a reminder of the risks with high travel volumes.

Apolonio said airports stand ready with additional staff, especially from airlines, to handle crowding. Travelers are advised to arrive early and check flight statuses to avoid delays. The Manila International Airport Authority also urges planning ahead and understanding prohibited items.

As millions unite with loved ones during this meaningful observance, heightened vigilance aims to maintain safety and security even for what is typically one of the busiest travel periods of the year in the aviation-reliant archipelago.

For a list of prohibited items on board an aircraft: Office for Transportation Security (OTS) – ots.gov.ph