A Personal View expressed by Victor Anderes

A Personal View expressed by Victor Anderes

2017 was yet another tumultuous year for the industry in relation to the threats against, and regulatory requirements imposed on, commercial aviation. Aviation security professionals know that past attacks and plots have often served as the impetus for the security countermeasures we see in place today. But are we addressing these in the right way?…

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A Personal View: Expressed by Agustín Guzmán

As you are almost certainly aware, since we have not stopped referring to it since its publication, UN Security Council Resolution 2309 (2016) has caused a major revolution in aviation security, and placed the international spotlight once again on AVSEC issues. As well as addressing various threats to aviation, it called for several new initiatives…

A Personal View Expressed by Jean-Marc Demoulin

In 1998, the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) made a significant amendment to Document 30, the common basic standards of aviation security. It stipulated that checked bags should be controlled by ‘an E.D.S.’. However, the amendment lacked a number of crucial details. For example, it mentioned that airports should screen 25% of baggage, but failed…

A Personal View Expressed by Philip Baum

A Personal View Expressed by Philip Baum

On 11th September 2001, 19 hijackers changed the world and the way we view aviation security…but not, seemingly, the way threat is assessed. 15 of them were from Saudi Arabia, two were from the United Arab Emirates, and one each from Egypt and Lebanon. In the other major attacks against American aviation interests, Richard Reid…

A Personal View Expressed by Nico Voorbach

In January 2016 I went from being an active airline pilot to becoming the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) representative of ICAO for the Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs). This led me to consider aspects of aviation security that had not, as a pilot, previously been at the forefront of my concerns. In particular,…

A Personal View Expressed by Nina Brooks

In the aviation community, we often talk about a layered approach to security; measures ranging from intelligence and information sharing, through to staff background checks, perimeter fences and reinforced flight deck doors. Perhaps the most emblematic layer of security is the checkpoint; much emphasis is placed on screening of passengers and baggage, staff and crew.…

A Personal View: Expressed by Yves Duguay

Recent attacks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa have sadly reminded us of the continued attractiveness of civil aviation as a high-value target for terrorists. These attacks have resulted in severe consequences for civil aviation and the national economies of those States impacted by the events. The high visibility of our industry combined with…