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Aviation Security

Security and safety are top priorities for IATA and its member airlines. 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. IATA calls on States for direct consultation with industry ensuring alternative and effective risk-based measures are implemented. 

Key priorities

  • Closer government-to-government and industry cooperation to reduce the long-term challenges of extraterritorial measures
  • The universal implementation of ICAO's Chicago Convention, Annex 17 of global standards
  • Provide a platform for better information-sharing within public-private partnerships
  • Adoption of new and existing screening detection technologies


Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP)

Following the official establishment of the ICAO Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP). IATA urges the swift implementation by states of the plan which creates a framework for states to incorporate Annex 17 responsibilities into their national civil aviation security programs.

Security Management Systems (SeMS)

IATA is a strong proponent of the Security Management System (SeMS). SeMS is a business-like approach to security derived from the SMS. It is an element of corporate management responsibility that sets out a company's security policy and its intent to integrate security into its overall business and make security one of the company's core values.

Aviation Cyber Security

On Aviation Cyber Security, the industry faces a complex and critical challenge that is yet to have a clear answer. IATA is developing an industry-wide Aviation Cyber Security Strategy to systematically reduce aviation cyber risk across the globe. By doing so, IATA is taking an active leadership role on this challenge through engaging with its members, industry leaders, and stakeholders.

Blue Skies-Air Transport Security 2040

With passenger numbers growing annually, infrastructure capacity constraints becoming more evident and new security threats emerging, it is time to rethink our approach to aviation security. In June 2019 IATA hosted a Blue Skies industry forum that brought IATA’s security Strategic Partners, member airlines, airports, regulators, manufacturers, industry experts and academics together to discuss the future of broad aviation security strategies, as well as the types of threats and new challenges that may be faced in the coming years. The key themes and outcomes of this forum are detailed in the IATA Air Transport Security 2040 and Beyond White Paper which you can find on the Blue Skies page.

Policy positions

IATA maintains that aviation security policy cannot rely on an "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 issues.

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