Subscribe Free
in Technology

Urgent call for alternatives to large electronic restrictions

Posted 30 March 2017 · Add Comment

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments to urgently find alternatives to recently announced measures by the United States and the United Kingdom to restrict the carry-on of large electronic items on certain flights departing the Middle East and North Africa.

The Case for Alternative Measures

“The current measures are not an acceptable long-term solution to whatever threat they are trying to mitigate. Even in the short term it is difficult to understand their effectiveness. And the commercial distortions they create are severe. We call on governments to work with the industry to find a way to keep flying secure without separating passengers from their personal electronics,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO

De Juniac made this demand in a speech to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations in which he highlighted the need to maintain public confidence in the security of the global aviation industry which safely and security operates an average 100,000 flights a day.

“With the measures now in place, our passengers and member airlines are asking valid questions. Why don’t the US and the UK have a common list of airports? How can laptops be secure in the cabin on some flights and not others, including flights departing from the same airport? And surely there must be a way to screen electronic equipment effectively? The current situation is not acceptable and will not maintain the all-important confidence of the industry or of travelers. We must find a better way. And Governments must act quickly,” said de Juniac.

ATA Calls for Better Coordination and Information Sharing 

IATA also expressed frustration at the process used by governments to put in place the security measures which was woefully lacking. “The industry came together quickly to implement the new requirements. That was a challenge because there was no prior consultation and little coordination by governments,” said de Juniac. 

IATA has long called for better information sharing and coordination on security measures among governments and with the industry. 

“While governments have the primary responsibility for security, we share the priority of keeping passengers, crew and aircraft secure. To do that effectively intelligence is king. And it needs to be shared amongst governments and with the industry. It’s the only way to stop terrorists before they get near an airport, let alone aircraft,” de Juniac.

Moreover, cooperation between industry and governments yields a better result. “Airlines don’t want access to state secrets. But if airlines understand the outcome governments want, they can help with the operational experience to deliver that result effectively and efficiently,” said de Juniac.

International Cooperation 

UN Security Council Resolution 2309 recognized the need for coordinated international efforts to fortify aviation security and supported the development by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of a Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP). At the 39th ICAO Assembly states asked ICAO to fast track the development of GASeP. “The need for such a plan has been made very clear by wide gaps in the measures taken by governments in recent days. States need to lend their full support to ICAO in developing GASeP quickly. And even before that can be achieved, there is an early opportunity to make a real improvement to international cooperation on security. In May ICAO member states will consider amendments to Annex 17 of the Chicago convention that would require information sharing. The security experience of recent years should compel States to support this,” said de Juniac.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Busy traffic on RJ flights during Eid Al Fitr

Royal Jordanian (RJ) is seeing busy traffic during Al Fitr feast on both its inbound and outbound flights, particularly those between Amman and the Levant and the Arab Gulf regions.

Blazing a trail in flammability testing

UAE national carrier Etihad has teamed up with Swiss company Lantal Textiles to create what is believed to be the Middle East's first laboratory specialising in flammability testing of aircraft cabin fabrics and other materials. Alan

Gulf Air celebrates flights to Tbilisi

Gulf Air has celebrated the launch of its direct three weekly service to the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

Etihad to increase services to North Africa

Etihad Airways is increasing capacity between its Abu Dhabi hub and key markets of Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca and Rabat to cater to the peak June – September travel period, while additional services to Dammam will be year-round.

Will we keep on taking the tablets?

New US and British governments regulations, which prevent passengers carrying electronic devices larger than a cell phone on flights from across the MENA region, may affect the latest in-flight entertainment trend. Steve Nichols

Pegasus Airlines' inaugural flight to Abu Dhabi takes off

Abu Dhabi Airports yesterday welcomed the inaugural Pegasus flight arriving from Istanbul, Turkey. The maiden flight marks the commencement of a direct service three times a week between Abu Dhabi International Airport and Istanbul

TAA SK 12MTHS16
See us at
Global Aerospace BT28218DIAC BT1105121117DAS BT1105161117RMIT BT1631817Aviation Africa BT18418AIME BT1204240118