APEX in Security

How it works

ACI coordinates and dispatches an ACI Security Review Team of experts to the host airport, with the goal of improving security in specific areas of interest.

Upon request from the host airport, APEX in Security can provide a Security Review of any safety area.

A review will usually include a wide range of security key areas as listed below, which could be tailored to the host airport’s environment and needs. The review will also be tailored to the regulatory environment, depending on the areas for which the airport has responsibility.

Security areas include

  • Organization


    Organizational Set Up; Compliance; Documentation; Risk Management

  • Facilities


    Perimeter Protection; Terminal Design; Access Control; Screening Facilities and Equipment

  • People


    Recruitment and Selection; Credentialing and Background Checks; Training; Sub-Contractor Management

  • Procedures


    Passenger and Cabin Baggage Screening; Hold Baggage Screening; Staff Screening; Guarding and Patrolling; Incident and Crisis Management

  • Quality Management

    Quality Management:

    Security Culture; Internal Auditing; Reporting and Monitoring; Continuous Improvement

Host airport benefits

  • Enhances levels of security through increased knowledge of ICAO guidance, national regulatory standards, best practices and training needs/options
  • Provides thorough understanding of its own security performance
  • Identifies areas for improved efficiency and better use of resources
  • Allows access to a pool of expertise, facilitating the mitigation of any security gaps as required by its specific operating environment
  • Initiates a cycle of continuous improvement

More information

For questions about the APEX Programme email apex@aci.aero.

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