A total of 68 departing passengers who tested positive for Covid-19 infections had been intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from 1 to 15 January this year.
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal on Monday expressed dismay that most of the passengers intercepted reasoned out that they did not check the results of their RT-PCR Covid tests before going to NAIA.
Monreal said it would be the height of carelessness for anyone not to check the results of their tests, especially if they are leaving the country.
MIAA records showed that in 2021, 576 passengers were also intercepted at the NAIA and sent home for having positive Covid test results.
The MIAA chief appealed to all passengers to be responsible for their safety and those of their fellow passengers.
The intercepted outbound passengers were both for domestic and foreign flights.
Monreal said airline passengers must first wait for the release of their RT-PCR test results and to check them carefully before going to the NAIA to catch their flights.
Likewise, the MIAA reminded all domestic passengers of the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr) no-vaccination, no-ride policy, thus they must be ready to show their vaccination cards along with government-issued identification cards with photos.
The Civil Aeronautics Board has directed the MIAA to enforce the DoTr order, according to Monreal.