To strengthen security in and around the nation’s airports, airline operators are to adhere strictly to Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority’s (NCAA) regulation requiring proper identification of all passengers prior to boarding.
The Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah, said the approved means of identification are international passports, National Identity Card, National Drivers’ Licence and any other verifiable photo identity card. Ms Oduah said airlines are reminded that they are under strict obligation to deny boarding to any passenger without a proper photo ID card.
She said: “This reminder which is Security Directive No 16 is in accordance with Part 17, Regulation 83 of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations and Section 13.7 of the National Civil Aviation Security Programme (NCASP). Under the directive, all airlines are to ensure that passengers are positively identified by matching each passenger’s name with the photo identity document produced or presented by the passenger. All passengers are also reminded that “no person may use another person’s ticket or boarding pass to travel in Nigeria”. The name on each passenger’s ticket and boarding pass must therefore match the name on his or her photo identity document.
This directive, which takes effect from July 7was issued by NCAA’s Director General Dr Harold Demuren and is to remain in force until further notice”, Ms Oduah said.