If you’re travelling international via a low cost carrier from [tag]Manila[/tag], you’ll be paying 3 fees at the airport: the Php 1,620 travel tax (though I think this is only for residents/citizens), Php550 airport tax, and the new Php200 [tag]security tax[/tag].
The security fee, recently approved by the MIAA Board, will be used for the “total upgrading” of security equipment at the NAIA terminals, added Oscar Paras, MIAA senior assistant general manager, in an interview with Inquirer. This would include the purchase of new surveillance cameras and state-of-the-art X-ray machines, among others.
I think it’d be better if we work on getting Terminal 3 up and running before we go on upgrading the security equipment in the old dilapdated [tag]NAIA Terminal 1[/tag]. Then again, at the rate things are going, Terminal 3 seems like an unattainable dream.
Back to the topic at hand, I share the sentiments of one member at the GT forum: I wouldn’t mind paying the Php200 if it really will be put towards upgrading the equipment, and not into the pockets of corrupt airport officials. But damnit, each time you leave the country you’ll have to pay Php2,370?! Ay caramba!