Published on June 9th, 2016 | by Jim Lee


IATA’s 72nd AGM adopts resolution on closer collaboration with Governments to tackle threat of terrorism

Leaders of the global air transport industry gathered in Dublin, for the 72nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and World Air Transport Summit, unanimously adopted a resolution that denounces terrorism and calls for intensified cooperation among governments, as well as with the air transport industry, to keep flying secure.

Brussels Airport bomb damage

Brussels Airport bomb damage

“The foundation stone of security has been rocked by tragedy. In the last twelve months, terrorists have laid claim to atrocities involving Metrojet 9268, Daallo 159, and at Brussels Airport. These are grim reminders that aviation is vulnerable. Airlines rely on governments to keep passengers and employees secure as part of their responsibility for national security. And we are committed to working with them in that challenging task,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

The resolution calls for airlines to work together with airports and other key stakeholders, to counter the risk of terrorist threats, and urges governments to:

  • Work in partnership among themselves and with airlines to counter the risk of terrorist threats to aviation, recognizing ICAO’s critical role in this effort
  • Commit all possible government resources, particularly intelligence resources, to fighting the use of aviation for terrorist acts
  • Share relevant information to ensure that measures to prevent and respond to terrorist acts are appropriate and effective

The resolution reinforces the commitment of cooperation by the Global Travel Association Coalition (of which IATA is a member), following the Brussels attacks.

The recent attack on Brussels Airport highlighted the importance of security in airport public areas landside. Keeping this area fully secure is the responsibility of governments, and the most effective defence is government intelligence, used to stop terrorists long before they reach airport property.

Risk in airport public areas can be mitigated, however, with efficient processes:

IATA Green logoIATA is working with Airports Council International (ACI) to expand the footprint of the joint Smart Security initiative to streamline airport screening with modern technology and a risk-based approach. This will bring the triple benefit of (1) reduced queues landside, (2) more effective screening, and (3) an improved passenger experience.

IATA is working with partners across the value chain to implement Fast Travel, which will expedite passenger processing with self-service options. Internet check-in and home-printed baggage tags will allow the passenger to arrive at the airport ready to travel, thereby reducing passenger dwell time in landside areas of the airport.

“Intelligence is the most powerful tool that governments have to protect their citizens wherever they are – at work, in their homes or while traveling. One of the biggest risk areas are large crowds. Industry is helping to bolster these efforts with practical measures – Smart Security and Fast Travel – that will mitigate risk by reducing airport queues,” added Mr. Tyler.

See Full resolution text here.

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About the Author

Jim has had a life-long interest in military matters and aviation. Initially, he fused both of these interests together with a passion for military aviation, initially as a photographer. He has travelled extensively over the years and has been the guest of many European air forces, plus the air forces of the United States, Russia and others throughout the world. His first introduction to journalism coincided with an interest in the civil aviation industry was when he initially wrote for and later edited, ‘Aviation Ireland’, the club magazine of the Aviation Society of Ireland. Jim was a contributor to Flying in Ireland since its inception over 10 years ago and is now a key contributor to this site. He has also contributed items for a number of other aviation magazines and has produced a number of detailed contributions to Government policy documents, most recently the Irish Government’s White Paper on Defence. He is also deeply involved in the local community and voluntary sector and has worked both in local government and central government.

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