IATA, US Agree on Aviation Security Cooperation Measures

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the USA recently agreed on aviation security cooperation initiatives to keep global skies safe, a model that other governments should follow.“This cooperation should become a model for other countries to adopt,” IATA Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani stressed after the IATA summit with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which included the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and top executives from 25 airlines in Geneva, Switzerland.“Governments and industry have the same goals but different expertise. Governments understand the threats and the tools needed to mitigate them. Industry has the operational expertise for effective implementation. Working together is the only way forward,” he summed up.During the meeting, IATA and its member airlines recommended to institutionalize government/industry cooperation. This would allow security policies to be written with the benefit of airline operational expertise. IATA encouraged ICAO to create a template for such cooperation to be implemented globally.IATA acknowledged that prescriptive, one-size-fits-all regulations with numerical targets will not secure a complex global industry. Governments must work with industry to define practical implementation measures for their security targets.The summit also underscored the importance of passenger data collection. …