France Implements One-Stop Security
Applauds Measure to Reduce Security Hassles-
Geneva - The International Air
Transport Association (IATA) welcomed France’s adoption of One-Stop
Security. Passengers that have already been screened at a European
airport will not need to be screened a second time when making flight
connections. High security standards are maintained, but the hassle of
connecting is reduced.
With this decision, France is joining the majority of the
EU countries that already allow One-Stop Security for passengers arriving
from another EU airport.
In France, One-Stop Security for passengers and their hand
luggage will be applied to individual airports this year, starting with
Lyon and selected terminals at Paris Charles de Gaulle. IATA estimates
that this will impact 6 million passengers and save US$30 million a year
with no compromise on the quality of security being applied.
“It is a waste of time, effort and resources to ask passengers to stand
again at security if they have already been checked by a competent
screening authority a few hours earlier. This frustrates passengers and
drains scarce security resources. The business case for One-Stop Security
is clear: faster, hassle-free connections for passengers and lower
security costs for everyone involved. There is no compromise on quality.
I urge other states - particularly the UK and Ireland - to come on board
quickly,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
The next step is to integrate One-Stop Security into the
global system. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is
working on developing the concept of One-Stop Security to promote it on a
global scale. “The key is common recognition of standards. We need more
governments to exchange information with each other and conclude security
agreements that recognise their security measures as equivalent. This is
a global industry with a great track record on safety because of global
standards and international cooperation including industry and
governments. We must approach security with the same mindset. This is no
time for complacency”, said Bisignani.
One-Stop Security is an IATA priority within its security strategy based on threat and
risk assessment, innovation, technology and cost-efficiency.
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Notes for editors:
(International Air Transport Association) represents some 230
airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic.
Security is the concept where connecting passengers and their
baggage are not screened a second time at the transfer airport,
provided they have been adequately screened at departure.
- One out of
four passengers at the top 120 airports worldwide are connecting
passengers. This represents over 325 million passengers each year.
Smooth connections are at the heart of the hub and spoke system put
in place by network carriers.