The AAPA has been involved in collaborative efforts to mitigate the impact of national security programme requirements, which affects the airline’s security programme operating into the State concerned. The emphasis remains on the need to follow internationally recognised security programme templates via a harmonised approach.
National security programmes should reflect internationally accepted guidance and templates such as those published by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) or the International Air Transportation Association (IATA). The AAPA believes consistent and mutually acceptable global security programmes, accepted by both regulators and industry, will better meet global aviation security needs. Furthermore, these guidance and templates were a result of much work and deliberation by aviation security experts providing global experience and should already encompass all possibilities that should be covered by a typical security programme. Differences can be added as necessary as an addendum to the security programme.
Security programme objectives should be based on security outcomes – not processes. The security programme should not be subjected to frequent amendments and reauditing to reflect minor changes, especially those administrative in context. The security programme should always reflect the need to address unlawful interference of the aircraft based on threat and risk assessments, and must not be used to meet administrative objectives.
While the AAPA supports the intentions of a national security programme, it must be emphasised that the requirements of the programme must at all times be practical, cost effective and not introduce any burden to business operations. The AAPA would also like to urge States to consult with industry stakeholders in a collaborative manner when developing future regulatory and policy-making initiatives.