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Airlines & Airports

Today, more than ever, we are confronted with threats and challenges emanating from heightened terrorist activities. Terrorists are willing to give up their lives and attack exposed targets with complete disregard for the consequences of their action. The misconception was that the intelligence community would, with sufficient notice, warn of an imminent terrorist attack at which time security systems and enforcement agencies at airports would be ready to deal with the imminent situation. This proved to be a disastrous oversight.

Since September 11, Canada and other Western Nations have stepped up the fight against terrorism by targeting their financing and infrastructure, going as far as direct involvement in the war in Afghanistan as well as other parts of the world. As a result, airports and airlines worldwide have become an extremely attractive target for attacks by terrorists ranging from unsophisticated political activists to highly sophisticated, trained and organized groups.

I.G.S. Security recognizes that aviation security is a dynamic evolving field presenting risks and challenges which require appropriately tailored responses. The responses should attempt to minimize the errors inherent in random airport checks and concentrate their efforts in a systemized, focused manner efficiently and effectively for maximum success.

Our experience shows that the best defense against dynamic threats and potential catastrophe is a fully integrated security program that carefully and effectively combines, human, architectural, technological and operational elements into a flexible responsive system. The nature of the threats facing Canadian airports is the key to the security system design and integration efforts.

The Task:
To audit the existing state of airport and airline security operations and design a highly effective security system that ensures maximum safety and security, while being completely integrated into the day-to-day operational routine.

The Program consists of three stages:

Detailed Assessment
The detailed assessment examines the following:

  • Destruction of aircraft with passengers and crew on board, on the ground or in the air

  • Hijacking

  • Attacks on passengers on the ground before boarding aircraft, by explosion or direct armed attacks

  • Attacks on airline and airport personnel, crews or administrative staff

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Operational Plan
The detailed report encompasses the following:

  • Definition of specific threats confronting airlines and airports

  • Study of the present security objectives, standards and policies

  • Identification of problematic areas

  • Analysis of routine and emergency procedures

  • Review of screening process and training of employees

  • Examination of on-ground technical equipment

  • Review of security measures at airports of call, including screening procedures for passengers, baggage and cargo, the protection of check-in counters, gates, aircraft and the airport terminal

  • In-flight protection

  • Security of the airline offices and sales outlets

  • Recommendations

  • Plan agenda

  • Pre-employment policies and procedures

  • Staff competency levels

  • Review suitability of EDS and security equipment

  • Terrorism and anti-terrorism considerations

  • Existence of a clear recovery plan

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Implementation
The recommendations include the following:

  • Mechanism to implement solutions to most urgent problems

  • Preparation of a daily routine and emergency procedures

  • Recommendations for perimeter security of airfield, hangars and terminal

  • Recommendations for security measures at entrances and inside terminal

  • Recommendations for protection of aircraft on the ground, cargo and mail

  • Recommendations for pre-boarding screening system, which includes passenger interviews and specific luggage screening, as required

  • Installation of required security systems, including specialized luggage and passenger screening equipment

  • Establishing an airport security database

  • Design and implementation of courses for security staff

  • On-going supervision of the system, to eliminate possibility of efficiency breakdown

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