Two aviation bodies are to collaborate in a security initiative in the wake of the terror alert in the UK in August.
The Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) and the Association of European Airlines (AEA) have announced the creation of the European Strategic Partnership for Aviation Security (ESPAS) in order to provide “an effective, risk-based, sustainable approach to aviation security”.
After the summer security alert, strict new regulations were brought in by the authorities but criticised by many airlines (notably Ryanair) for unnecessarily hindering passenger movement.
The new joint initiative is aimed at ensuring that passenger mobility and convenience is addressed when contemplating security measures.
“The ESPAS partnership represents a natural coalition and I am confident that our work together will assist the policy-makers and serve the best interests of our passengers,” said the AEA’s secretary general, Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus.
The present security framework in place in Europe has been compiled by a variety of national, EU and pan-European law-makers and is somewhat convoluted.
The ESPAS venture aims to establish a common policy that will “remedy shortcomings in the current system to provide coherent, workable security measures that benefit both industry and the travelling public alike”.
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