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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 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. 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 infographic (pdf) for more information. ​

Security Policies

Find out about our positions on key security subjects.


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