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Airborne security force put in place to prevent terrorism and unlawful interference | Society

ByJanice K. Merrill

Nov 16, 2021

Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Public Security has officially set up a airborne security unit reporting to the Directorate of Immigration, responsible for preventing and combating Terrorist attacks and unlawful interference to ensure aviation security in Vietnam.

After the government issued Decree No. 922015 on October 13, 2015 on aviation security, the Ministry of Public Security applied to the Department of Border Security under the General Department of Security (now the Department of Immigration ) to set up an airborne security forces program.

The Immigration Department coordinated with relevant ministries and agencies to accomplish the tasks and reported to the ministry for approval in early 2020.

The airborne security force is responsible for preventing and combating terrorism, illegal interference to ensure the safety of Vietnamese airline flights. It would collect, synthesize, analyze, assess and forecast the situation related to acts threatening the safety and security of Vietnamese civil aviation.

In addition, this force will advise and propose to the Immigration Department guidelines and plans to proactively detect acts of terrorism.

He will be responsible for coordinating with the flight crew the management of illegal interventions or unexpected situations. It is authorized to use weapons or technical means in order to neutralize illegal acts of interference against aircraft in accordance with the provisions of the law, and also coordinates with airlines and domestic and foreign functional forces to resolve related issues. safety on board aircraft.

Airborne security force set up to prevent terrorism, illegal interference hinh anh 2Lt. Col. Phan Huy Van, head of the airborne security unit, is sworn in to take office (Photo: VNA)

In special cases, the airborne security force may require the Immigration Department to suspend flights when there were possibilities of terrorist attacks or unlawful interference.

This force will coordinate with the Ministry of Public Security and the aviation industry to escort people extradited or serving prison terms from abroad to Vietnam and vice versa, deported foreigners, Vietnamese deportees or those wanted by Interpol.

The Ministry of Public Security will be responsible for recruiting and training officers to deploy airborne security forces on flights and roads.

Speaking at a ceremony to announce the Minister of Public Security’s decision to establish the Airborne Security Bureau on November 15, Vice Minister Luong Tam Quang said the decision showed the increasing demands for protection of airborne safety. /.