AMERICAS: ICAO members beef up Annex 17

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has adopted more stringent air cargo security standards, as part of what it said are the United Nations body’s ongoing efforts to enhance the overall security of air transport operations worldwide. The new measures emphasise more extensive screening of cargo, mail and other goods prior to placing them on […]


The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has adopted more stringent air cargo security standards, as part of what it said are the United Nations body’s ongoing efforts to enhance the overall security of air transport operations worldwide. The new measures emphasise more extensive screening of cargo, mail and other goods prior to placing them on board aircraft and better protection from unauthorised interference from the point where security controls are applied until departure of the aircraft. Also included is the strengthening of provisions related to the deployment of security equipment, the security of air traffic service providers, training programs and instructor certification systems, and cyber threats. The updated security requirements are contained in the 12th revision of Annex 17 (Security) to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. “This latest revision to the Security Annex has been in development for some time and reflects our determination to constantly review and adapt ICAO security standards to address a rapidly evolving security situation,” said ICAO Council president, Roberto Kobeh Gonz¨¢lez. “It also complements a number of recent initiatives to significantly increase the level of aviation security, in a proactive and concerted manner.” The recent 37th Session of the ICAO Assembly unanimously adopted a Declaration which identified a number of areas where states committed to working together, in cooperation with the industry, on security issues. These include air cargo security, screening technologies to detect prohibited articles, strengthening international standards, improving security information-sharing and providing capacity-building assistance to States in need.