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U.S. Transportation Security Administration visits JKIA for security audit

The United States Transportation Security Administration (T.S.A.) was in Nairobi this week assessing airport security at J.K.I.A. The audit is part of Kenya government efforts to get J.K.I.A. approved for direct flights to the U.S.

T.S.A. Representatives, Kenya Airports Authority management and security officers pose for a photo at yesterday's meeting in Nairobi.

T.S.A. Representatives, Kenya Airports Authority management and security officers pose for a photo at yesterday’s meeting in Nairobi.

Yesterday, T.S.A. officials ended a week-long security audit by meeting senior management of the Kenya Airports Authority and top security officers. During the meeting, the Americans noted that they were happy with measures K.A.A. is taking to ensure J.K.I.A. is secure. The T.S.A. team is to write a comprehensive report on the findings of the audit and submit it in two months.

Earlier this week, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Kamau, said that the security audit is a key step towards the commencement of direct flights between J.K.I.A. and airports in the U.S.

“We are certain that with this open partnership and corporation, the American government will upgrade J.K.I.A. to CAT 1 status. The Kenyan government will continue to welcome any technical assistance, training and audit and shall continue to implement the finding of this audit,” said Kamau.

One of the desktop Explosive Trace Detection units donated to Kenya on 15 July 2014 by the U.S. Government.

One of the desktop Explosive Trace Detection units donated to Kenya on 15 July 2014 by the U.S. government.

On Tuesday (July 15), the U.S. government donated 20 Desktop Explosive Trace Detection units (ETDs) to K.A.A. The equipment worth US$700,000 (KSh61.4 million) can test for traces of common conventional explosives that may be hidden on people, luggage and carry-on bags. The ETD units will be deployed to airports across the country.

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