UN panel to review security measures to protect airports from terrorism

23 November 2015 (Last Updated November 23rd, 2015 18:30)

The United Nations' (UN) aviation agency has decided to review aviation security measures at airports, in a bid to protect them from increasing attacks of terror.

The United Nations' (UN) aviation agency has decided to review aviation security measures at airports, in a bid to protect them from increasing attacks of terror.

The move follows the recent Russian plane crash, which killed 224 people over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

A forensic investigation report has suggested that a bomb may have been planted on board the aircraft by an airport worker.

"The security of our member states actually starts, in most cases, at the airport."

A panel led by the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is due to meet in March 2016 to emphasise on measures related to airport security.

ICAO council president Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu was quoted by Reuters as saying: "This will address aviation security issues, the existing standards and to see where there are gaps and to see where we need to develop additional guidance material to assist our member states.

"The security of our member states actually starts, in most cases, at the airport."

ICAO sets global safety standards for international flights and aviation security standards for 191 member countries and regularly conducts security audits to check whether the airports in the countries adhere to aviation standards.

Aliu added: "Most of our members are living up to those standards."

The organisation is currently awaiting results of the Russian plane crash investigation.

Aliu further noted: "If there are specific recommendations that we need to pay attention to, then you can rest assured that we will take action."