US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Janet Napolitano, met (22-Jan-2010) with IATA members, as part of DHS ongoing efforts to work with the airline industry to meet both international and US Transportation Security Administration security standards. The Secretary outlined four broad areas for international public-private collaboration:
- Improving information collection and analysis;
- Increasing information sharing and collaboration in passenger vetting;
- Enhancing international security standards;
- Deploying new screening technology. [more - IATA] [more - US DHS]
IATA: “The aviation industry is committed to keeping the global skies safe and secure. We live in a global world with global connectivity and global threats. The challenge is to protect the benefits of aviation connectivity and eliminate the threats. Governments and industry have the same goals but different expertise. Governments understand the threats and the tools needed to mitigate them. Industry has the operational expertise for effective implementation. Working together is the only way forward,” Giovanni Bisignani, Director General and CEO. Source: IATA, 22-Jan-2010.