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Airplanes and events (7). IATA AGM. ICAO rapidly reviewing laptop and device restrictions to help balance safety and security concerns

Cancun, Mexico - Many issues will be at the top of the agenda in September for ICAO symposium

Speaking yesterday during his keynote address to the International Air Transport Association’s Annual General Meeting in Cancun, Mexico, ICAO Council President Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu stressed to world airline CEOs that the security and safety risks must be effectively balanced when considering any restrictions on passengers’ personal electronic devices (PEDs) being permitted in aircraft cabins. ICAO helps to coordinate global responses to aviation security risks, and last October, at its 39th Assembly, States asked that it develop a new Global Aviation Security Plan to aid those efforts. The first draft of the new global plan was endorsed by the Aviation Security Panel meeting that recently concluded, and will be made available for review by the ICAO Council later this month. While speaking on security at the IATA AGM, President Aliu also highlighted that cybersecurity continues to be a matter of serious concern to the air transport sector, which began coordinating its threat assessments and response planning several years ago. These and many other issues will be at the top of the agenda when ICAO convenes its inaugural Aviation Security Symposium this September.

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