The industry continues to work with regulators on initiatives to enhance and optimize air transport security, such as risk-based approach to passenger security, mutual recognition of security measures which leads to one-stop security for transiting passengers, and supply-chain cargo security.
In addition, the industry in collaboration with ICAO continues its advocacy efforts to states with regards to using global standards related to API and PNR data. Those requirements are increasing exponentially in the world, with states requiring data in different formats and transmission standards which are costing airlines hefty amounts of money with no obvious security benefit: Any non-standard element must be programmed manually with comprehensive testing between the airline and the governments’ systems. The cost per airline system per program for an additional data element is USD 50,000 on average. Therefore, the development of a new transmission approach can cost an airline millions of dollars.
Conflict Zones and Aviation Security
2014 witnessed a major tragic security accident: The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukrainian airspace on 17 July 2014 which killed its 298 passengers and crew. In the aftermath of that accident, all stakeholders looked into developing measures that ensure the safety of aircraft flying in a safe-declared airspace. ICAO established the Task Force on Risks to Civil Aviation arising from Conflict Zones (TF-RCZ) which work was presented to the Second High Level Safety Conference in February 2015. Upon the recommendation of the TF-RCZ, ICAO established a centralized web-based repository for information related to risks to civil aviation arising from conflict zones, and adopted the ICAO Global Risk Context Statement which can be used by states to develop their national risk assessments.
AACO welcomed ICAO’s efforts; however, since airlines require timely information on risks and threats to act upon for the concerned flights, the industry needs to share and communicate risk/threat information which would complement the efforts of the states. AACO 47th AGM agreed unanimously on its Resolution 7/2014 on Safety and Security which condemns the downing of MH17, and believes that it is the duty of the industry to establish an exchange mechanism for sharing air route risk assessments so that airlines using the same routes may take that into account when assessing the safety of their operations. As a result, AACO established its AVSEC Advisory Group which mandate includes developing and implementing an information sharing mechanism for risk assessments of air routes that members conduct.
Global Solutions for a Global Business
AACO believes that aviation is a global business, and therefore aviation security cannot be regulated only at state level; instead, security processes and procedures should be globally harmonized throughout the supply chain whereby all stakeholders collaborate to increase the effectiveness of the security system in order to guarantee the safe transport of passengers and freight from the point of origin until the destination, while at the same time looking into means to simplify the complexity of security procedures for the common passenger.
Unruly passengers are becoming an increasing
concern for airlines. IATA estimates that on average 70 flights every
day are faced with unruly behavior which result in heavy financial
burden on the airlines in delays and diversions, and in disturbing the
experience of other passengers on-board. Please check our page on Montreal Protocol 2014 – MP14 to read more on this issue.
Last updated on 20 August 2015