Venezuela rejects US flight-safety advisory

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's aviation agency is criticizing a U.S. travel advisory informing travelers that the U.S. can't vouch for the security of flights departing Venezuela.

The National Civil Aviation Institute insists Venezuela's airports are in full compliance with international standards set by the U.N. agency overseeing civil aviation.

Institute president Jose Luis Martinez Bravo denied on Tuesday that Venezuela's government has blocked U.S. officials from visiting its airports.

But he acknowledges disagreement with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration on its request to evaluate airport security. He says the U.S. agency only has the authority to evaluate its own airlines' operations in Venezuelan airports.

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