TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger and the Minister of Tourism, Transport, Primary Sector and Culture for Aruba, Otmar Oduber, participated in a ceremony to sign the long-awaited Preclearance Memorandum of Cooperation on April 7, 2016, in Arlington, Va. The agreement strengthens the cooperative and collaborative efforts in aviation security between the United States and Aruba.
“It has been an honor and privilege to participate in this event,” said Administrator Peter Neffenger during the ceremony. “This agreement ensures safer travel and gives TSA the opportunity to ensure the security of the aviation system in Aruba.”
The Aruba Preclearance Memorandum of Cooperation requires Aruba to adopt aviation security screening standards comparable to those of the United States. Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) located in Oranjestad, Aruba uses screening procedures and technologies that are comparable to TSA. AUA is expected to have an airport expansion plan that includes a new in-line checked baggage inspection system, an automated baggage image weight identification system, and a radiation detection system. The signed agreement solidifies these measures and TSA’s relationship with Aruba.
The Council of Ministers for the Kingdom of the Netherlands approved the signing prior to the ceremony. Representatives from the U.S. Department of State were also in attendance.