Iata calls for greater collaboration to keep flying secure

Greater collaboration is needed among all government and industry stakeholders to keep flying secure.

The call came from Iata as the aviation trade body adopted a resolution reaffirming the airline industry"™s commitment to safety and security.

Terror incidents in 2016 have dented European passenger demand. Performance over the first months of the year pointed towards the recovery of lost ground.

But recent terrorist attacks demonstrate that the threat continues to hang over the continent with potential negative impact on demand, Iata said.

Director general and chief executive Alexandre de Juniac told the Iata agm in Cancun: "Aviation is a target for terrorists intent on destroying the freedom that is at the heart of our business.

"Information sharing among governments and with the industry is the key to staying a step ahead of emerging threats.

"We have the same goals "“ to keep passengers and crew safe. So it only makes sense that we work together as closely as possible."

He added: "No single entity has all the answers. By combining our strengths more efficiently, the security of passengers and crew will be better served.

"Public and industry confidence has been rattled by inconsistencies in how some states have responded to concerns over the potential for explosives to be concealed in large portable electronic devices (PEDs).

"It highlights the reason why we need better information sharing and better co-ordination to achieve risk mitigation measures that maximize the protection of passengers and crew while minimising unnecessary disruption…

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