September 08, 2008
WASHINGTON -- Air travelers taking nonstop flights from Venezuela to the United States will receive advisories stating that the U.S. cannot vouch for the security of those flights.
Venezuela has refused to allow U.S. officials to assess security measures at the country's four international airports that have nonstop flights to the U.S. - a requirement all other countries have complied with since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
From now on, air carriers providing tickets for flights between the U.S. and Venezuela will have to state in writing that Venezuela does not comply with international aviation security standards.
There are 10 daily flights from Venezuela to the U.S., eight of which are on U.S. carriers, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
"During the last two years, TSA has exhausted every possible avenue to try and work with the Venezuelan government on this issue," agency spokesman Christopher White said. The agency had issued similar statements about international airports in Haiti and Indonesia. But those countries are now in compliance.