Anti-terror exercise to be held at Changi's Terminal 3 early tomorrow morning

If you hear bangs at Changi Airport Terminal 3 in the wee hours of tomorrow morning, do not be alarmed.

They are part of a multi-agency counter-terrorism exercise that will be held there between 1am and 3am, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said in a statement yesterday.

The exercise will involve the SPF, Changi Airport Group, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Ministry of Health and other agencies.

"During the exercise, blanks and pyrotechnics will be used at various locations of the terminal. Members of the public are advised not to be alarmed," SPF said.

The SPF added that "exercise in progress" signs will be displayed prominently, while cordons will be set up at the affected areas.

"Announcements will also be made through the terminal's public address system prior to the start of the exercise."

The exercise, part of efforts to prepare for a multi-agency response to possible terror attacks here, will allow SPF to boost its coordination with other agencies and stakeholders in the aviation sector.

While the agencies work closely to prevent, deter and respond to any attacks, "continued vigilance and preparedness on the part of the community is important as it also plays a key part" in response efforts.

Those with queries can call the police hotline on 1800-255-0000.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2017, with the headline 'Anti-terror exercise to be held at Changi's Terminal 3 early tomorrow morning'. Print Edition | Subscribe