Airport officials on high alert after ‘terror threat’ to Caribbean Airlines
The United States Embassy here in Georgetown has issued an emergency travel advisory for US citizens travelling from Guyana to America during February 10 through Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
The advisory was issued in the wake of a threat received by Caribbean Airlines, which triggered an emergency meeting with security and officials at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
A top police official indicated to Kaieteur News last night that the threat seemed to indicate “possible sabotage to an airline”, and reassured that security measures had been put in place.
According to a statement from the CJIA, “the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and the Ministry of Public Works were advised of a ‘threat’ received by Caribbean Airlines and immediately convened a high level security meeting with relevant security agencies and stakeholders of the airport.
“ The officials assessed the threat and put in place a number of measures to prevent any untoward occurrence. The Ministry and CJIA have since adopted the highest security posture to protect passengers, crew, aircraft and airport employees and to ensure the continued smooth and safe operations at the airport,” it added.
Passengers and other airport users are asked to be on the lookout for any suspicious activities or occurrences and report same to an airport security official.”
A heightened security posture will remain in place over a number of days until such time as the threat is no longer deemed valid.”
And in a statement issued yesterday, the Embassy said it has received unconfirmed threat information relating to Caribbean Airlines flights destined for the United States departing on Monday, February 10, 2014.
The Embassy stressed that out of an abundance of caution, they advise all U.S. Citizens in Guyana traveling on Caribbean Airlines (CAL) to the United States from Monday, February 10 through Wednesday, February 12, 2014, to make alternate travel arrangements.
The embassy’s bulletin did not provide any information on the type of threat or the level of the threat.
They have also strongly recommended that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Guyana enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
“STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the U.S. Embassy,” the bulletin stated.
Several attempts to contact officials from the Regional Airline proved futile.