U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Parnell Hands Over Aviation Security Equipment to Kenya

Ksh 60 million in equipment and training to improve airline safety

Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Isiah Parnell, handed over Ksh 60 million in aviation security equipment on July 15, to Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Eng. Michael Kamau; Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury, Henry Rotich; and Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Managing Director, Lucy Mbugua.

“The donation of these Explosive Trace Detectors, which will help Kenya safeguard its borders and protect its citizens, is another fine example of the deep cooperation between the U.S. and Kenyan governments, a partnership that benefits both our peoples,” said Chargé Parnell.

The equipment, procured by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), consists of 20 IONSCAN 400B Desktop Explosive Trace Detection units, and a year’s worth of consumables for use in airports throughout Kenya via a donation from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The units can test for traces of common conventional explosives that may be hidden on people and in luggage and carry-on bags.

“The donation and the training bring security at JKIA to the same level with the other terrorism high risk airports in the world.  It brings security at JKIA sufficiently high to assure passengers and all other airport users that the risk to passengers, aircrafts and cargo is minimized to the lowest levels that are achievable anywhere in the world,” said Cabinet Secretary Kamau.

Last month the U.S. Transportation Security Administration trained 57 KAA screeners from seven airports across Kenya on how to use the equipment.  TSA has been sharing best practices in the field of aviation security with the KAA and promoting the achievement of international standards.