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Aviation Security


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​IATA works with governments, regulatory authorities, and other international organizations to implement a risk-based passenger security process that will enhance aviation security.

The 72nd IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) 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.​

Security Initiatives

IATA’s security strategy 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. IATA’s holistic approach is also evident in its Security Management Systems (SeMS).

The core elements of SeMS are mandatory as part of IOSA registration. IATA is also supporting states as they integrate SeMS into their national regulations. IATA is also heavily involved in cargo security through the Secure Freight project, which sets up a global end-to-end security solution for air cargo based on the supply chain.

Finally, to help its members address the serious issue of unruly passengers on board, IATA publishes its Guidance on Unruly Passengers (pdf), whose first edition came out in December 2012. IATA offers a range of solutions for the industry's security and facilitation needs. Check our infographic(pdf) for more information.

Smart Security

Smart Security is a joint IATA and ACI initiative which, by bringing all relevant stakeholders together, aims at transforming the security checkpoint by pursuing the following goals:


  • Strengthened security
  • Greater operational efficiency
  • An improved passenger experience ​

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