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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.

Cyber Security

The airline industry relies on computer systems extensively in its ground and flight operations. Some systems are directly relevant to the safety of aircraft in flight, others are operationally important, and many directly impact the service, reputation and financial health of the industry.

IATA's Cyber Security activity is centered around assisting airlines in developing a robust strategy and driving coordination of global efforts in addressing cyber threats to civil aviation. This cyber security toolkit supports airlines in addressing the cyber threat.  

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 

Passenger Data

More and more governments are requesting airlines to transmit passengers’ reservation or check-in information (PNR or API) for national customs, immigration or security purposes. While international standards exist, the cost of non-standard passenger data programs, in terms of IT development, data extraction, and transmission has risen to unacceptable levels in recent years.

As a result, IATA has an aggressive agenda for Facilitation and Passenger Data aiming to harmonize systems, set forward-looking standards, and educate countries on the existence of international standards. 

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