IATA Identifies Key Steps To Keep Aviation Secure

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling industry and governments to work together more closely to keep aviation secure in the face of evolving security threats and a forecasted doubling of passenger demand, reaching 8.2 billion by 2037.

During a speech to the AVSEC World conference in Miami, FL, IATA's Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said that while flying is secure, keeping it that way will be a challenge amid evolving threats, complex geo-political landscapes, new technology innovations and increased volumes of both cargo and travellers. 

IATA identified several key steps necessary to keep aviation secure in the long term.

It urged stakeholders to focus on implementing global standards -- particularly those outlined in Annex 17 of the Chicago Convention – and information-sharing between states. 

IATA also advocated for governments to pursue risk-based security concepts, action-items like properly vetting airport and airline staff and ending extra-territorial measures that often require airlines to take on government responsibilities.

Finally, IATA called for greater government and industry attention on emerging threats, especially those of  the cyber variety. 

"The digital transformation of the airline industry holds immense promise. But we must ensure that our aviation systems remain safe, secure and resilient against cyber-attack. Constructive dialogue and timely information-sharing among industry, technology providers and governments will be critical if we are to achieve this," said de Juniac. 

IATA is working with airlines, industry stakeholders and other sectors to deliver a strategy early next year that it says will be a step-change in how the industry addresses the cyberthreat challenge.