Checkpoint of the Future. Courtesy, IATA

IATA has urged governments and aviation stakeholders to join airlines in a global partnership to improve aviation security and the experience of both travelers and shippers.

Speaking Monday at the AVSEC World Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam, IATA DG Tony Tyler said the key is the early adoption of IATA’s Checkpoint of the Future (COF), a supply chain approach to cargo security, harmonization of measures among governments and constant vigilance to new threats (ATW Daily News, July 5).

The COF introduces a risk-based approach supported by advanced screening technology, which allows passengers to move through the checkpoint without stopping, unpacking or disrobing. Such equipment is expected to be fully available within seven years.

Tyler reiterated the need for governments to bear the cost of security, which has risen to $7.4 billion annually.

Tyler said that “today’s security checkpoint was developed in the 1970s when hijackers carrying metal weapons were the threat. It is a 40-year-old-concept that needs to fundamentally change. We have added layers of process in response to threats and events but we have not made it any more intelligent because we do not use the information that is collected on passengers to power a risk-based approach.”

He added, “There is no need to wait for all the technology to be available to eliminate some of the hassle while improving security. As known traveler programs are developed, they can be progressively incorporated into the process.”

IATA said the future of air cargo security is a multi-layered approach involving the whole supply chain and including both advanced electronic information and physical screening. “But we don’t want to see 100% screening at airports, which would grind global commerce to a halt,” Tyler said.