IATA calls for additional measures to strengthen aviation security

16 November 2017 (Last Updated November 16th, 2017 12:08)

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for further strengthening of aviation security by addressing four major areas of concern.

IATA calls for additional measures to strengthen aviation security
Passengers queuing up with their luggage at an airport. Credit: International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for further strengthening of aviation security by addressing four major areas of concern.

In a keynote address to the IATA AVSEC World Conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE, IATA director general and chief executive officer Alexandre de Juniac said closer government-to-government cooperation should be encouraged to eliminate the long-term challenges of extraterritorial measures.

This will ensure that the airlines do not have to bear the financial burden of unplanned expenses for an indeterminate period.

Juniac said: “Governments and the industry are partners in aviation security.

“Our common defence is stronger when governments and industry work together.”

“Airlines have operational know-how. Governments have the financial and intelligence resources. We have to put them together effectively in a continuous dialogue focused on improving security.”

There should be a universal application of global standards that are essential for the effective management of the security of a global industry.

Enhanced information sharing and coordination on security measures among governments and with the industry is also pivotal to ensure increased aviation security.

In addition, effective implementation of new and existing technology capabilities is essential for securing the industry.

According to IATA, technology certification processes need to be streamlined and coordinated across jurisdictions and additional information technology services should be deployed so that passenger information can be referenced at airport checkpoints.

Juniac added: “We cannot predict the next security challenge. But some things we do know for sure. Our common defence is stronger when governments and industry work together.

“And if we can avoid long-term extraterritorial measures, focus on global standards, share information and develop technology efficiently, our hand is strengthened even further.”