Security and safety are top priorities for IATA and its member airlines. IATA is calling upon governments to continue to work with the aviation industry to develop appropriate measures to current evolving trends. See the resolution adopted by IATA's 2017 AGM.

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. IATA calls on States for direct consultation with industry ensuring alternative and effective risk-based measures are implemented.

Key priorities & Initiatives

  • Closer government-to-government and industry cooperation to reduce the long-term challenges of extraterritorial measures
  • The universal implementation of ICAO's Chicago Convention, Annex 17 of global standards
  • Provide a platform for better information-sharing within public-private partnerships
  • Adoption of new and existing screening detection technologies

Innovation in Security

IATA considers security as a major enabler for the successful recovery of the aviation industry hence promotes implementation and recognition of agile, risk-based solutions and new technologies. As such IATA partners with its member airlines and a range of stakeholders one Screening Differentiation and 100% Hold Baggage Screening One Stop Security initiatives. Both of them could enhance the overall industry security resilience and help reducing vulnerabilities same time simplifying security procedures through application of modern processes and technologies.

Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP)

Following the establishment of the ICAO Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP). IATA advocates for the swift implementation by states of the plan which creates a framework for states to incorporate Annex 17 responsibilities and ensure baseline security measures are reflected in their national civil aviation security programs and implemented accordingly.

Security Management System (SeMS)

IATA is a strong proponent of the Security Management System (SeMS). SeMS is a business-like approach to security derived from the SMS. It is an element of corporate management responsibility that sets out a company's security policy and its intent to integrate security into its overall business and make security one of the company's core values.

Aviation Cyber Security

On Aviation Cyber Security, the industry faces a complex and critical challenge that is yet to have a clear answer. IATA is developing an industry-wide Aviation Cyber Security Strategy and Risk Management Program to systematically reduce aviation cyber risk across the globe. By doing so, IATA is taking an active leadership role on this challenge through engaging with its members, industry leaders, and stakeholders.

Integrated Security Forum (ISF)-Design Thinking Blue Skies Approach to Security

It is time to rethink our approach to aviation security. In June 2019 IATA hosted a Blue Skies industry forum that brought IATA’s security Strategic Partners, member airlines, airports, regulators, manufacturers, industry experts and academics together to discuss the future of broad aviation security strategies, as well as the types of threats and new challenges that may be faced in the coming years. To continue the spirit, IATA will be holding the Integrated Security Forum in 2022 to stimulate discussion and facilitate further development and innovation. 

Security Risk Intelligence Portal

AVSEC Insights will improve real-time information-sharing among airlines, airports and air navigation service providers (ANSPs). Information shared by airlines will be augmented by open-source data (notices, warnings, bulletins, prohibitions, media reports) to provide a comprehensive view of security, biosafety and operational incidents in the vicinity of airports. This will enable airlines to make real-time and risk-based operational decisions to manage security threats

Policy positions

IATA maintains that aviation security policy cannot rely on an "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 security issues.