IATA: Closer Collaboration Key to Enhancing Aviation Security

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed June 6, 2017 14:32

IATA: Closer Collaboration Key to Enhancing Aviation Security

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) adopted a resolution reaffirming the airline industry’s commitment to safety and security. It also called for greater collaboration among all government and industry stakeholders to keep flying secure with risk mitigation measures that maximize the protection of passengers and crew while minimizing disruption to passengers and the economy at large.

“Aviation is a target for terrorists intent on destroying the freedom that is at the heart of our business. Information sharing among governments and with the industry is the key to staying a step ahead of emerging threats. We have the same goals—to keep passengers and crew safe. So it only makes sense that we work together as closely as possible,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

The Resolution highlighted the importance of UN Security Council Resolution 2309, which called for governments to meet their responsibility to keep citizens secure while traveling by air. It also reaffirmed the industry’s strong support for the development by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP). As a goal, GASeP should significantly enhance the clarity, simplicity, and focus of ICAO’s global standards for security (Annex 17 of the Chicago Convention) so that there is no ambiguity in the responsibilities of states.

“GASeP must be a pragmatic and nimble framework for all parties involved in aviation security to work together. No single entity has all the answers. By combining our strengths more efficiently, the security of passengers and crew will be better served,” said de Juniac.

The Resolution urges governments to:

•    Engage the industry in early dialogue when faced with a security threat to ensure that workable and effective response measures are developed that can be implemented efficiently to maximize passenger safety and minimize disruption
•    Work in partnership with each other and with airlines, airports and other aviation security stakeholders to develop effective, long-term, security measures that effectively counter threats to aviation
•    Take greater accountability for the implementation of ICAO standards and security measures and urgently address any gaps identified through ICAO’s Universal Security Audit Program (USAP)
•    Fast-track the GASeP roadmap into National Civil Aviation Security Programs as soon as possible

“The timing of the resolution is significant. Public and industry confidence has been rattled by inconsistencies in how some states have responded to concerns over the potential for explosives to be concealed in large portable electronic devices (PEDs). It highlights the reason why we need better information sharing and better coordination to achieve risk mitigation measures that maximize the protection of passengers and crew while minimizing unnecessary disruption,” said de Juniac.

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed June 6, 2017 14:32