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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

​AVSEC World

Our Annual AVSEC World Conference attracts over 450 security experts representing the full spectrum of the aviation industry.

This event unites professionals in the security sphere to discuss current issues and actions to be taken to manage risks in the aviation industry today. If you missed our most recent event, you can still review the topics and discussions from A​VSEC World 2016​

Registration for the upcoming 26th conference, with the theme of The Changing Face of Aviation Security, will be open soon.

Security activities​

IATA’s holistic approach towards security is evident through the development of the Security Management System (SeMS). The core elements of SeMS are mandatory as part of IOSA audit results in the scope of aviation security performance are being analyzed to highlight areas where improvement is desired. More information on that topic is available for registered users through the Security Forum​

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 publishes its 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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