Security of passengers and staff remains one of the aviation industry’s highest priorities. Faced with a complex and evolving global security climate, the airport industry continues to promote security measures that are dynamic and based on the current risk context.
By adopting risk-based security measures and enhanced screening processes, airports are working to strengthen their resilience to respond to complex security threats while providing a streamlined passenger experience.
To help airports optimize security measures, ACI World provides members with tools and expertise through dedicated security initiatives, onsite security assessments, resources, and training programs that outline best practices and ensure compliance with international regulations.
ACI World’s Security Experts Provide:
ACI World Security Standing Committee
The ACI World Security Standing Committee actively monitors global security developments and shares important threat-related information and best practices with members.
The Committee works closely with international partners, including ICAO and IATA, to ensure security regulations and guidelines contribute to enhanced airport security measures and reflect the interests of airports worldwide.
Airport Security Initiatives
ACI World’s Counter Drones Knowledge Centre collects all recent publicly available guidance material, regulations, white papers, and policies on the topic of drone risk mitigation from around the world and is intended to provide airports and the public with a global “one stop shop” reference.
Supported by Vigilant Drone Defense Inc.
Improve your airport’s security with APEX.
ACI World’s APEX in Security program helps airports optimize their security measures and provide assistance to comply with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices through onsite reviews tailored to host airports’ unique needs and operational realities. Subject matter experts provide guidance and support throughout the review process, from assessing airport operations to implementing a concrete action plan.
Identify and reduce safety gaps and vulnerabilities
Connect with a network of international experts and airport peers
Establish key performance indicators and measurement tools
Develop a risk management plan and mitigation strategies
Increase staff skills and knowledge through ACI courses and programs
Develop a comprehensive airport action plan
Maximize regulatory compliance
ACI World’s Smart Security program develops concepts and solutions that drive innovation in passenger and baggage screening to enhance passenger satisfaction, strengthen security, and optimize airport operations and facilities worldwide.
Our experts work with airports and industry stakeholders on technology-driven security measures and process innovations that build airports’ capacity to address future security threats, aging airport infrastructure, evolving customer expectations, and increasing passenger and cargo traffic.
To facilitate a streamlined and secure passenger experience, we focus on advanced screening that minimizes wait times, reduce intrusive processes, increase airport efficiency, and reduce operational costs.
Smart Security is setting the vision for the future of airport security with Vision 2040, which fundamentally changes the focus of passenger screening and turns it to an intuitive, seamless, customer-centric system.
Airport Innovations Promoted by Smart Security:
Advanced Cabin Baggage Screening
Risk-based Passenger Screening
Automated tray return systems at checkpoints
Parallel divesting of personal items
Central Image Processing (CIP) to allow remote screening of x-ray images
A collaboration between ACI World and IATA, NEXTT examines how airport experiences could be transformed by new technologies and ensures new developments enhance customer experience and operational efficiency.
To facilitate positive industry transformation, NEXTT works with airports and industry stakeholders to determine future development needs and their implications on R&D and airport regulations.
NEXTT focus areas:
Off-airport activities like cargo and baggage drop off and virtual processes to authorize travel and perform border controls
Advanced processing technology through automation and robotics
Connected information systems to ensure decision-making is based on reliable data
Airport Security Training
"Very enjoyable and educational. Increased my understanding of various issuse, particularly SeMS."
Richard Sheridan, Manager, Aviation Security Company Limited
Airport Security Diploma
The ACI Airport Security Diploma provides participants with a broad and detailed understanding of implementing and maintaining a security framework that complies with national and international regulations and airport industry best practices.