Airplanes and events (5). IATA: closer collaboration key to enhancing aviation security
Cancun, Mexico - The highlights of the resolution
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) "73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM)" adopted a resolution reaffirming the airline industry’s commitment to safety and security. It also called for greater collaboration among all government and industry stakeholders to keep flying secure with risk mitigation measures that maximize the protection of passengers and crew while minimizing disruption to passengers and the economy at large. The Resolution highlighted the importance of UN Security Council Resolution 2309, which called for governments to meet their responsibility to keep citizens secure while traveling by air. It also reaffirmed the industry’s strong support for the development by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP). As a goal, GASeP should significantly enhance the clarity, simplicity, and focus of ICAO’s global standards for security (Annex 17 of the Chicago Convention) so that there is no ambiguity in the responsibilities of states. The Resolution urges governments to: - Engage the industry in early dialogue when faced with a security threat to ensure that workable and effective response measures are developed that can be implemented efficiently to maximize passenger safety and minimize disruption - Work in partnership with each other and with airlines, airports and other aviation security stakeholders to develop effective, long-term, security measures that effectively counter threats to aviation - Take greater accountability for the implementation of ICAO standards and security measures and urgently address any gaps identified through ICAO’s Universal Security Audit Program (USAP) - Fast-track the GASeP roadmap into National Civil Aviation Security Programs as soon as possible. The resolution also recognizes the important role of industry in helping governments to keep flying secure. The resolution commits airlines to: - Implement prescribed security standards and recommended practices to the highest level - Support Governments in the development and implementation of additional security measures when required to protect air transport - Support the development and implementation of industry-driven aviation security initiatives such as Smart Security, Passenger Name Record (PNR) /Advance Passenger Information (API) - Enhance industry standards by promoting the implementation of self-assessment and independent verification audit programs such as the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO).
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