Aviation’s security challenges are many; overflying conflict zones, landside security at airports, insider threats, cyber security, harmonization of passenger name record and advance passenger information requirements, and airport checkpoints.


Speaking at the 25th AVSEC World conference in Kuala Lumpur, Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, said partnership between the industry and government was the means to provide durable solutions to these challenges.

“Security is fundamentally a government responsibility,” he said. “But making flying ever safer and more secure is engrained in the DNA of all air transport stakeholders. Governments and industry are working together to strengthen our defenses with integrated solutions in the face of evolving security threats,” said de Juniac.

In September 2016, a UN Security Council Resolution noted that, “terrorist groups are actively seeking ways to defeat or circumvent aviation security.” The resolution affirmed that “all states have a responsibility to protect the security of citizens and nationals of all nations against terrorist attacks on air services operating within their territory.”

Four principles should guide the cooperative security efforts of government and aviation:

• Risk-based measures to ensure that limited resources are applied where the threats are greatest. 
• Information sharing among governments and with the industry to enable effective risk-assessments.
• The implementation of global standards in security systems worldwide to support effective collaboration between all parties in all locations. 
• Capacity building supporting the mutual recognition of standards to improve effectiveness and efficiency.

De Juniac also emphasized the necessity of speed in keeping the industry secure. “Speed is of the essence,” he said. “Threats emerge quickly. And they evolve fast. The four principles will help us to address the threats and challenges we face, but only if we move quickly enough.”