Airport gives security assurance as protests continue
Protest action continued for the second consecutive day today at the Grantley Adams International Airport.
GAIA Inc. workers, which included security officers, custodians and engineers, picketed in front of the Departure and Arrivals lounges, led by senior members of the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), to protest the recent breakdown in wage negotiations between their union and management of the airport.
Meanwhile GAIA Inc. sought to assure the travelling public that security will not be compromised at any time, particularly during an industrial dispute.
According to a statement issued this evening, members of the management team, along with senior security management manned the first of three security checkpoints during the industrial action when airport security officers left their positions to participate in the protest.
Airport officials stressed that GAIA Inc. has and always will comply with international security requirements, which mandate that passengers seeking to enter the restricted area of the airport are subject to screening and security controls.
“Passengers departing GAIA usually undergo a three-part screening process which exceeds international requirements. It includes a first check usually undertaken by GAIA Inc. security officers to ensure that only persons with legitimate business and passengers with valid boarding passes enter the area.
“The second checkpoint is conducted by immigration and the third check is conducted by authorised and certified screening personnel where passengers and their bags undergo security screening,” the statement said.