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Metal detectors, federal police in force at Cozumel, Playa del Carmen ferry terminals

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Walk–through metal detectors have been installed at the ferry terminals of Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, which became fully functional as of Monday.

The walk-through metal detectors were installed over the weekend and put into force Monday inside the San Miguel del Cozumel passenger area and the Playa del Carmen ferry terminal.

As ferry passengers walk though the metal detector, federal police as well as personnel from the Port Administration of Quintana Roo are on the other side ready for inspections.

The port administration says passengers using the Cozumel, Playa del Carmen ferry services should arrive a few minutes early, before the set departure time, in the event a person or bags require manual inspection.

The metal detectors and inspection system is for all passengers, including islanders, national and foreigner visitors. Last year, the port authority of Quintana Roo reported more than 4.5 million people used the ferry service from the island to the mainland.

The installation of the walk-through metal detectors were announced last week by state governor Carlos Joaquín González in response to the February 21 explosion of a Barcos Caribe ferry. The security detectors were installed to double surveillance and increase passenger safety.

General Director of the Port Administration of Quintana Roo, Alicia Ricalde Magaña, explained that the metal detectors were purchased in Mexico City with an investment of nearly 1 million peso. There are plans to install at least two more walk-through metal detectors in the ferry terminal at Mahahual.

There is no word if the city of Cancun, in the municipality of Benito Juarez, will also be installing metal detectors in its ferry terminals.