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TSA: Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport Now Rated 'Safe'

U.S. Homeland Security Department and TSA Re-Certify Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport as Complying with International Safety Standards.

(10/15/2007) On October 7, 2007, The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have that Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is once again considered to be compliant with the strict aviation safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The announcement reverses a December 23, 2005, declaration by the TSA stating the Bali airport fell below minimum safety standards that resulted in cautionary warnings to that effect being prominently posted at major airports across the U.S.A..

In announcing the recertification of Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport by the TCA, the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta praised efforts by Bali over the past two years to improve security standards at the airport. "I am very happy to inform Mr. Jusman Syafii Djamal, Indonesia's Minister of Transportation, that our government have acknowledged that Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport has met international safety standards," said the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, John Hefferen.

"This is very good new for Indonesia as it prepares to host the United Nations COP-13 Climate Change Conference in Bali this December," he added.

The Department of Homeland Security has now issued instructions to all airports across the U.S. to remove all written notices cautioning against travel to Bali's airport.

U.S. Law requires safety standards at all international airport offering flights to U.S. cities be regularly reviewed.

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