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Four Indonesian Airports to Adopt New Airfreight Security

Four of the busiest airports in the country will get tightened cargo security this year to enhance screening of dangerous items, a move that raises concerns from business people who say the extra measure will make the current "slow" service even less efficient.

The Transportation Ministry's director for aviation security, Mangiring Sidabutar, said that six regulated cargo inspection agents are set to work in Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali; Sepinggan Airport in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan; Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi; and Syamsuddin Noor Airport in Banjarmasin.

At present, an air cargo management system has only been implemented at two airports: the main gateway, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten; and Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java. There are 11 and two cargo inspection agents in Soekarno-Hatta and Juanda, respectively, he said.

"We expect more airports to implement this system in the future because it is proven to enhance aviation safety in Soekarno-Hatta and Juanda as we could detect more dangerous stuff, like drugs, bullets, and other chemical components that endanger planes," he said.

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The Transportation Ministry's director for aviation security, Mangiring Sidabutar, said that six regulated cargo inspection agents are set to work in Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali; Sepinggan Airport in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan; Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi; and Syamsuddin Noor Airport in Banjarmasin.

At present, an air cargo management system has only been implemented at two airports: the main gateway, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten; and Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java. There are 11 and two cargo inspection agents in Soekarno-Hatta and Juanda, respectively, he said.

"We expect more airports to implement this system in the future because it is proven to enhance aviation safety in Soekarno-Hatta and Juanda as we could detect more dangerous stuff, like drugs, bullets, and other chemical components that endanger planes," he said.

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