· Civil aviation remains an attractive target for terrorists. Due to recent high profile terrorist attacks on airport landside areas (e.g. Brussels, Istanbul), landside security has become a heightened concern within the aviation domain.
· The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recently promulgated new standards on landside security in Annex 17 to the Chicago Convention which will become applicable in July 2017; accordingly, guidance material on landside security best practices would assist member economies in understanding and meeting these new international requirements. Further, the recent passage of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2309 urges the global community to enhance efforts to address aviation security issues such as landside security.
· The wide variety of experiences with airport layouts, threat and risk, and aviation security frameworks across APEC economies will allow member economies to learn best practices and enhance their individual approaches to crafting security policy in dealing with this emerging threat vector.
· Member economies would benefit from sharing best practices on how to enhance the security of their landside areas at airports while ensuring that transport facilitation is not unnecessarily negatively impacted and passenger flow is not impeded.
· The project arises in response to the TPTWG’s expected outcomes listed in the 2016 Workplan, one of which is to exchange best practices to improve aviation safety and security between member economies.
· The resulting product of this project will be an electronic publication that compiles the experiences and best practices shared by member economies and organizations participating in the AEG-SEC sub-working group of the TPTWG that will serve as guidance material for the development of landside security policy and the implementation of landside security measures/programs. The guidance material will cover various landside security principles and outline considerations that member economies may wish to take note of when designing landside security policy, as well as best practices and measures in executing their landside security policy.
· A sample of the subject matter areas that would be covered by the material is listed at Annex A.
· The AEG-SEC sub group also intends to seek contributions from the ICAO Cooperative Aviation Security Programme-Asia Pacific (CASP-AP)’s Coordinator to the content of the guidance material.
Once completed, the guidance material will be circulated electronically amongst members of the AEG for their review and consideration in setting policies for dealing with landside security.