Costa Rica Airport Increases Security
Costa Rica's Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose beefs up security measures. Officials has placed dividers at boarding areas in order to separate passengers entering and leaving the terminal.
|Costa Rica San Jose Airport|
The new security measure was implemented last Friday, according to the daily La Nación. The new measure is to prevent outgoing passengers from exchanging luggage with inbound travelers.
In addition, outgoing passengers will face two security checks before boarding the plane. The first is at the entrance to the boarding area and again at the boarding gate.
In-transit passengers will also have to undergo the inspections.
The security measures were recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization after a recent inspection of the airport. The changes are only temporary. Authorities told La Nación that the airport will construct a sterile glass walkway for incoming passengers in January 2012. The walkway’s design will be finalized around Sept. 15, costing at least $2.4 million.
Airport officials acknowledge that the added regulations could cause confusion. They recommend arriving to the airport three hours early for flights to the United States or Europe and two hours for flights within Latin America.