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Aviation Security

Security and safety are top priorities for IATA and its 265 member airlines. The IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2016 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. 

Recently, the United States and United Kingdom imposed restrictions on the carry-on of large electronic devices by passengers originating from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa with direct flights to their respective territories. 

While IATA recognizes that aviation security is the responsibility of governments and that industry must grant deference to the needs of appropriate authorities to act promptly when confronted with an immediate security threat or vulnerability, it also believes that it is the effective partnership of government with industry that has made the air transport system the safest and most secure form of long-distance travel.  

These new measures imposed on airlines cannot become permanent or the new baseline for Aviation Security.  IATA is calling on States for direct consultation with industry as it aims to normalize operations going forward, ensuring alternative, more effective measures risk-based measures are implemented. 

Security Initiatives

​AVSEC World

Our Annual AVSEC World Conference attracts over 450 security experts from across the industry to discuss current issues and actions to be taken to manage risks.  See what was discussed at A​VSEC World 2016​

The 2017 edition will be placed under the theme " The Changing Face of Aviation Security". More on 26th AVSEC

Security activities​

Together with ACI, IATA runs the joint Smart Security program which, by bringing all relevant stakeholders together, aims at transforming the security checkpoint by pursuing strengthened security, greater operational efficiency, and an improved passenger experience. ​

  • IATA is also involved in cargo security through the Cargo Security Capacity Building activities.
  • IATA’s security initiatives includes recognition of equivalence (pdf) — a process avoiding a second security screening for the 325 million passengers and their baggage who transfer at airport every year. 
  • To help its members address the issue of unruly passengers on board, IATA published Guidance on Unruly Passengers (pdf). 
  • Finally, IATA offers a range of solutions for the industry's security needs. Check our aviation security infographic (pdf) for more information. ​

Policy Position

The United Nations Security Council Resolution 2309 (2016) on aviation security reaffirms the requirement for States to meet their obligations in the effective and sustainable implementation of ICAO Annex 17 standards.

IATA maintains that aviation security policy cannot rely on a "one-size-fits-all" approach. We must learn from the evolving threats in terms of high-risk focus areas and anticipate the growing movement of passenger and cargo traffic.

Find out about our positions on key topics.​​

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