IATA US agree on security initiatives to keep the skies safe

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/22580/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the US have reached an agreement regarding aviation security cooperation initiatives. IATA Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani said, “The aviation industry is committed to keeping the global skies safe and secure. “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.” The agreement was formed at a historic aviation security summit in Geneva between IATA and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Bisignani said that IATA and DHS have agreed to hold a follow-up meeting in the coming weeks. “We applaud (DHS) Secretary Napolitano’s commitment to engage industry and find workable and effective solutions.  “A single meeting cannot solve all the security challenges we face but it is a major step in the right direction.” During the meeting, IATA and its member airlines recommended to institutionalize government/industry cooperation, which would allow security policies to be written with the benefit of airline operational expertise. IATA acknowledged that a complex global industry would not be secured with prescriptive, one-size-fits-all regulations with numerical targets.Instead, Governments and the industry must work together to define practical implementation measures for their security targets. It was also agreed that airlines should make passenger data collection and sharing more efficient. Consequently, IATA urged DHS to break down internal silos to create a single data collection and sharing program. Furthermore, it was recommended that governments communicate to ensure harmonization across borders – in other words that one country’s requirements do not conflict with another country’s laws. Bisignani said, “The US cannot keep terrorists outside its borders without the close consultation of governments and airlines” foreign and domestic. “And we cannot keep terrorists off planes without the good work of governments. The events of Christmas Day remind us of this fact.“We agree on the importance of a next- generation checkpoint that combines technology and intelligence so we look for bad people and not only for bad objects.”last_img read more