China takes CAL terrorist attack warning seriously
Central News Agency
2014-03-10 05:19 PM
Beijing, March 10 (CNA) China's civil aviation authorities have taken seriously a warning about possible terrorist attacks on the Beijing Capital International Airport, according to a senior executive of China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest air carrier. A man telephoned CAL's Taipei headquarters March 4, saying that possible attacks on Beijing's airport were imminent. The company passed on the warning to China's Aviation Administration the next day, which at once dispatched two personnel to CAL's Beijing office to take charge of the recorded phone message, Peng Jung-min, CAL's chief representative to Beijing, told the press at his office Monday. After receiving the attack warning, CAL has reinforced its own security checks on its flights between Taiwan and Beijing, Peng said. In addition, he went on, a double ID certification system has been launched, meaning that passengers must undergo ID examination by CAL ground personnel twice before being allowed to board their flights. Peng also confirmed that the caller first spoke in French but as the switchboard operator could not understand him, he then switched to Mandarin Chinese. Earlier, Taiwan's National Security Bureau said the information on terrorist threat on targets in Beijing has been passed on to the Chinese authorities as well as to Taiwan's Cabinet-level Office of Homeland Security and other local intelligence, law enforcement and aviation authorities. As a result, airport security in Taiwan has been tightened and extra measures have been taken to ensure the safety of flights bound for Beijing, the bureau said. (By Lawrence Chiu and Elizabeth Hsu)
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