Airports in Vietnam have stepped up security procedures as the country continues its search for a missing Malaysian airliner.
An officer stands guard near Vietnam aircraft before a mission to find the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared from radar screens Saturday, at Phu Quoc Airport on Phu Quoc Island, March 10, 2014.
Pham Anh Tuan, a senior security official at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, told VOA’s Vietnamese service the airport has strictly followed a government order that puts Vietnam on the first level of a three-tiered security alert system.
“If our employees spot anything suspicious and abnormal, they must report it to security forces at once,” he said. “We have closely monitored everything at the airport, and have conducted random checks on passengers and luggage even after they go through the security scan.”
Following reports that two passengers on the Malaysian plane were traveling on stolen passports, he said the Hanoi airport has conducted intensive employee training to prevent things such as document fraud.
“We have updated information on tracking down fraudulent passports and have informed and trained security forces on the ways to recognize breaches in aviation papers and regulations,” he said.