Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Foreign Affairs Minister attempts to clear up airport controversy

Foreign Affairs Minister Dennis Moses is seeking to explain what occurred in his interaction with a security guard at the Piarco International Airport which led to the man being suspended for two weeks without pay.

A statement issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Tuesday evening notes that Moses and Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis arrived at the airport around 9:25 am on September 20, aboard flight BW 527 as part of a national delegation.

Their arrival followed a trip from Guyana on official duty after participating in the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding on energy between Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.

The release notes that in keeping with standard protocol, the Ministers were escorted through a secure area of the airport terminal building to enable their exit from the compound.

“For ease of departure, the Ministers were guided through the duty-free area to the first visible exit, which was controlled by Airports Authority security personnel. The security officer on duty at the exit indicated that the party should proceed to the Customs area to exit the building.  The protocol officer identified the Ministers to the officer and requested that the security officer facilitate their passage through the exit.  However, access was denied,” the release said.

According to the statement, after the exchange between the security officer and the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, the party exited the terminal building via the Customs area.

The Airport’s Authority issued a statement saying that it stands by its decision to suspend the man for his “discourteous conduct”.


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