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New airport security handbook published

Airports Council International launches its first guide on dealing with threats to landside operations.

As part of what it calls its “continuing commitment to promote a common-sense approach to security”, Airports Council International is today launching the first edition of its new ACI Landside Security Handbook.

The guidance is intended to help airport operators ensure that all aspects of landside security, including prevention, deterrence and incident management, have been considered in their procedures.

It updates and brings together elements of managing security from current experiences of airports around the world involved in this crucial task, giving examples and options for different operating environments.

“Security remains our top priority at ACI World and the ACI Handbook is an indispensable resource to help airport authorities protect the security of the travelling public and employees at the airport,” outlined Angela Gittens, ACI director general.

“Airports already exercise best practice, take all threats seriously and apply rigorous security methods, but, in such a complex global aviation system, the potential for gaps to develop sometimes exists.”

Terrorism in focus
The handbook is being launched today at the 13th annual ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference and Exhibition hosted by Narita International Airport Corporation in Tokyo.

Airports have welcomed the new guide, with Franck Capello, director of aviation security at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, saying: “It is a fact that aviation is a focus of terrorism. This handbook is a valuable and useful resource for worldwide airport operators to consider while developing their landside threat mitigation plan.”

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