ICAO stresses need for global security plan

Canada-based International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has stressed the need for a global aviation security plan with a shared common goal of enhancing aviation security worldwide, a CISF statement said. The recommendation came at an International Aviation Security Seminar attended by a delegation of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) led by its Director General, Rajesh Ranjan.

“The symposium discussed the need of effective risk awareness, robust application of enhanced security measures in the wake of emerging threats, need for the establishment of a stronger aviation security oversight regime, and capacity building through training of human resources. An intense discussion also took place on the need for a risk-based approach to aviation security,” said the statement.

The need and deployment of new technologies, like Computed Tomography-based screening system for cabin baggage, Automatic Tray Retrieval System, artificial intelligence, biometrics-based access control were also deliberated upon during the panel discussion.
“Global Aviation Security Plan, a future aviation security policy and programme framework, was introduced by the ICAO,” said the statement, adding the panellists emphasised the need for working together with a shared common goal of enhancing aviation security worldwide. Information sharing was also recognised as a key factor for a better security regime, according to the statement.

During discussions of common interest, CISF Director General suggested a mutual appraisal of system and processes between all contracting states of ICAO in order to enable sharing of best practices. In this context, the official highlighted the unique expertise of the CISF in protecting critical infrastructure including those in the aviation sector from the perspective of anti-hijacking and anti-terror which would benefit other regional contracting states and encourage them to adopt similar enabling systems.

He also offered to share CISF expertise in effective aviation security management through an enhanced participation in workshops and panel discussions organised by the ICAO.
The CISF delegation, comprising Additional Director General (Airport Sector) M.A. Ganapathy and AIG (Airport Sector) Ajay Kumar, visited the ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada to attend the two-day symposium, the theme of which was “The Need To Know”, held on November 27-28.