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Aviation Security

Security and safety are top priorities for IATA and its member airlines. Following the resolution adopted by IATA's AGM in 2016, IATA is calling upon governments to continue to work with the aviation industry to develop appropriate measures to current evolving trends. See the new 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.

Recently, the US and UK imposed restrictions on the carry-on of large electronic devices by passengers originating from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa. These measures 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

Jointly run with ACI, the  Smart Security program brings all relevant stakeholders together with the aim to transform 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.
  • The mutual recognition of measures, also known as One-Stop Security is meant to avoid a second security screening for the passengers in transfer, and for their baggage. 
  • To help its members address the issue of unruly passengers on board, IATA published Guidance on Unruly Passengers (pdf). 

IATA also offers a range of solutions for the industry's security needs. See all aviation security solutions (pdf). ​

Policy Positions

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 security topics.​​

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 World

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