Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 14th 2013 Contents A5
July 14, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
FROM PAGE A1
Under the headline "findings" it
• No formal process for the exam-
ination and certification of security
personnel assigned to conduct screening
of passengers and cabin baggage includ-
ing on-the-job assessment.
• Training records for security per-
sonnel not accurately maintained and
• Security personnel only received
training upon joining the AATT and
• No records to indicate that screen-
ing officers and screening supervisors
successfully completed training in the
detection of X-ray examination of the
simulated dynamite bomb, simulated
hand grenade, the encapsulated hand-
guns and opaque test objects.
• A vehicle and its occupants were
allowed access to airside without being
searched or screened.
• No foot patrol observed.
• Several doors on the arrival level
not functioning properly. When pulled
or pushed, the locking mechanism
detaches without using keypads and
magnetic access cards to open the door.
• Boarding gate doors left opened
and unattended while no aircraft oper-
ation were taking place.
• Auditors were able to gain access
into the sterile area from airside via
doors on the jet-bridge, which were
left unattended and unlocked after air-
craft operations had ceased.
• Of 108 CCTV cameras, ten were
• Passengers were not consistently
screened and selected for secondary
• No explosive trace detection equip-
ment or other advanced screening tech-
nology available at screening check-
• No specialised equipment such as
explosive containment chamber or
portable explosive trace detection capa-
bilities for dealing with suspect explosive
While the report showed that cor-
rective action was being taken by its
training and compliance units, AATT
management, HR, security, access con-
trol co-ordinator, manager of facilities
and maintenance, access control admin-
istrator and IT departments, nothing
much was actually done a security offi-
The source at the AATT said many
of the problems are yet to be rectified
as security officers struggle to get their
work done efficiently and effectively.
Many of the targeted completion
dates for projects were set from March
30, 2012, to August of 2013.
A few of the issues raised had no
completion dates outlined.
The AATT indicated that short term
action had been completed, while other
issues were being worked on.
In some instances, the AATT report
stated that they were working on estab-
lishing and implementing programmes
to correct the wrongs, needed further
clarification on some of its findings and
considering its options to equip areas
that were being neglected.
The AATT also stated that the rec-
ommendations would be taken into
Chairman of the Airports
Authority of T&T (AATT) Gerald
Hadeed has been banned from
using or visiting the car park,
offices or lounge at the Piarco
International Airport, which he
A copy of the AATT security KIV
log, which the Sunday Guardian
obtained, showed that two written
instructions were given to security
officers by Ag superintendent Earl
Alfred, to prevent Hadeed from using
certain areas inside and outside the
The first instruction, which was
given on May 25 at 10.20 am stated:
"Please be informed that Mr Gerald
Hadeed, the former chairman is not
allowed in any unauthorised or
restricted areas unless he is a pas-
senger with a valid boarding pass."
And on June 7 at 1.15 pm, another
instruction was issued: that Hadeed
"is not to be afforded any courtesies
when using or visiting the airport
terminal. For example, parking facil-
ities or access to any offices or DRL
lounge. Entry is only allowed as a
bona fide passenger."
Hadeed who is on sick leave, hav-
ing suffering multiple injuries after
a fall, confirmed that he heard about
the instructions but was not notified
by the AATT of the decision taken.
"Nobody told me about that, but
I heard about it."
Hadeed said when he inquired,
he was told that the instructions
were directed by former deputy
chairman of the AATT Kurt Ajod-
ha.Ajodha tendered his resignation
last month after questions were
raised about qualifications on his
CV.After Ajodha s resignation,
attempts were made to temporarily
appoint Carlisle Marks and attorney
Carol Cuffy-Dowlat to the posts of
chairman and deputy chairman.
The legality of their appointments
was questioned by AATT corporate
secretary Shannon Rudd, who cau-
tioned them as they attempted to
hold a board meeting recently.
Rudd told the two new members
that their appointments had not
been made in accordance with the
Airports Authority Act, and therefore
any business they carried out as part
of the board would be deemed ille-
'The PM can say if she wants
me or not'
On Thursday, Hadeed described
the move to debar him as "illegal."
Hadeed said until he is relieved
of his position by Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar or the board,
"I am still the legitimate chairman.
If anything should happen at the
airport, I am the one who would be
The last time Hadeed, a supporter
and member of the COP, visited the
airport was in March.
Hadeed said he hopes the PM and
her Cabinet can sort out the mat-
ter.Hadeed said the confusion started
when he was offered the post of
chairman of CNMG, which he
Asked if he will resign or prefer
to serve on another board, Hadeed
said it does not matter.
"That is nonsense, actually. If they
offer me something else I would tell
them no. If they don t want me,
they can just say that. I have so
much things to do in my life, you
know. I am offering my services to
help the country, and if they don t
like it they can go with their position.
"It s not about who wants me or
who don t want me there. It s
whether or not they want to have
a proper functioning airport of which
people can be proud, or they want
it to go back to the stone age days."
Hadeed said the PM can tell him
if she wants him or not. He said the
last time they spoke, she was pleased
with his performance.
Hadeed s term as chairman will
come to an end in 16 months.
AATT GM: I'm aware of instruc-
Contacted on Friday, acting gen-
eral manager of the AATT Dayanand
Birju said he was aware of the
Asked if measures were taken to
reverse the decision, Birju said those
instructions originated from the
AATT board, under Ajodha.
Birju said he received no instruc-
tions from the board to change the
Questioned if Hadeed was still
the chairman, Birju said "I can t
comment on that. I am sure you can
appreciate that the executive man-
agement of any authority can not
comment on board matters. Those
issues should be addressed to anoth-
Birju could not say why this deci-
sion was taken.
Alfred fell ill shortly before going
on pre-retirement leave, Birju said.
Last December T&T regained its
category one status from the
Federal Aviation Administration.
Contacted last night AATT's
acting general manager Dayanand
Birju said he had no comment and
asked that all questions be
forwarded to AATT's
Line minister Chandresh Sharma
failed to respond to a text message
and three phone calls to his mobile
phone last night.
17 months later...
No move to improve
security at Piarco
Hadeed banned from lounge, car park
AATT chairman Gerald Hadeed
Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne, left, a director of the Metal
Industries Company (MIC), gestures as he joins entertainer Isaac
Blackman on stage during a graduation ceremony for more than
1,000 people enrolled in various training programmes run by the
MIC at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya, yesterday.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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