Aviation Security Committee

The Aviation Security Committee is responsible for the development and implementation of ACI EUROPE security policy positions on issues such as landside security, insider threats, security screening equipment (for example, Advanced Cabin Baggage Systems (ACBS), security scanners, EDS for hold baggage etc), capacity building in 3rd countries and for emerging threats. Committee members work with legislators and regulators (EU, TSA, CATSA and national regulators), aviation industry groups, and international policy makers to develop statutory and regulatory proposals governing security at airports.
The Committee also helps guide European Commission aviation security research programmes, under the framework of EU Horizon 2020. The committee provides information and guidance for airport operators in the development of airport security management programmes. It is represented in the Stakeholder’s Advisory Group on Aviation Security (SAGAS) meetings, which are chaired by the European Commission, as well as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), and other industry and government-sponsored organisations with a focus on aviation security.
Committee Leadership
Chair: José Luis Nieto, AENA
Vice-Chair: Johan Merten, Budapest Airport
Committee Secretary
David Trembaczowski-Ryder, ACI EUROPE, +32 2 552 09 84
Jérôme Morandière, ACI EUROPE, +32 2 552 09 87
Committee Vision
ACI EUROPE’s ambition is to be the reference point and leader in providing security at airports, while continuously looking to deliver the best airport experience to all its’ users.
Mission Statement
Lead and serve airports in ensuring the best possible aviation security services at European airports.
Work Undertaken
The major topics discussed at recent Committee meetings include: Advanced Cabin Baggage Systems (ACBS), landside security, insider threats, emerging threats, capacity building, operational testing of security equipment, Smart Security, passenger differentiation, and EDS Std 3 implementation and joint work on drones with the Technical, Operations Safety Committee. Two World Business Partner (WBP) presentations are given at every Aviation Security Committee meeting.
Working Groups
  • Strategy 
Chair: José Luis Nieto, AENA
Secretariat: David Ryder, ACI EUROPE
  • Technology Panel
Chair: Paul Evans, Heathrow Airport
Secretariat, Jérôme Morandière, ACI EUROPE
  • Benchmarking 
Chair: vacant 
Secretariat: David Ryder, ACI EUROPE
  • ACBS (incorporating LAGs)
Chair: Dave Weir, daa
Secretariat, David Ryder, ACI EUROPE
  • Operational Trials 
Chair: Johan Merten, Budapest Airport
Secretariat: Jérôme Morandière, ACI EUROPE
  • Landside Security
Chair: Johan Merten, Budapest Airport
Secretariat: David Ryder, ACI EUROPE
ACI EUROPE Representation to European Institutions, ECAC and other Fora
  • European Commission Stakeholder’s Advisory Group on Aviation Security
osé Luis Nieto Garrido, (AENA), Johan Merten, Budapest Airport & ACI EUROPE
  • ECAC Technical Task Force
Primary: Thorbjorn Henningsson, Swedavia
Alternate: Paul Evans, Heathrow Airport
  • ECAC Guidance Material Task Force
Primary: Declan Troy, daa
  • ECAC Training Task Force 
Primary: Irene Klarer, Munich Airport
Alternate: Lóa Björg Gestsdóttir, Isavia
  • ECAC Security Forum
Primary: David Ryder, ACI EUROPE
Alternate: Jérôme Morandière, ACI EUROPE
  • ACI World Security Standing Committee
Primary: Johnnie Mϋller, Copenhagen Airport & Bart Mos, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol & ACI EUROPE
  • EU – US Transportation Security Cooperation Group
Primary: Bart Mos, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol & ACI EUROPE
  • Smart Security Management Group
Primary: Nick Best, Heathrow Airport
Alternate: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol & ACI EUROPE
Committee Working Groups
  • Strategy Working Group
Define a clear, long term and consistent strategy of the ACI EUROPE AVSEC Committee and for its representatives. Topics discussed include passenger differentiation, capacity building, landside security, insider threats, operational testing of security equipment, and enhanced passenger and cabin baggage screening. The working group meets 4 times per year.
  • Technology Panel
Respond to manufacturers and feed the Committee with facts as a basis to make decisions from a technological point of view. The panel produces catalogues of equipment with brief descriptions for use by all airport members (only). Members also meet with manufacturers and visit production facilities. The panel meets 3-4 times per year in different locations around Europe.
  • Benchmarking Working Group
Administer and coordinate the Aviation Security Benchmarking Database with the collection of data and the annual validation of data inputs. The group meets once a year.
  • ACBS (incorporating LAGs) Joint Operational Working Group
A working group made up of airports, security manufacturers, airline associations and appropriate transport authorities. The focus is on developing practical operational outputs, sharing best practices in the field of security equipment, and promoting guidelines for screening methods. Topics include LAGs, operational implications of the deployment of ACBS at checkpoints, operational trials of security equipment, tray specifications, and ECAC laboratory testing developments. ACI EUROPE hosts a two-day meeting 2-3 per year.
  • Operational Trials Working Group
The working group plans to set up a formal system of operational testing, trials and evaluation centres (and capabilities) in the EU for testing/trialling of aviation security equipment, and (subsequently) the evaluation of security systems in the operational environment as well as recommendations for improvements. The Working Group aims to develop ACI EUROPE supported/approved standards for those centres and equipment.
  • Landside Security Operational Working Group
The aim of the working group is to share information on airport landside security issues; explore sources of information to build a repository of best practices on airport landside security; develop a generic organisation and coordination model for airport landside security; and develop a best practice vulnerability assessment tool kit et al.
  • Cybersecurity Task Force
The Cybersecurity Task Force is a cross functional group that is responsible for the development and implementation of ACI EUROPE cybersecurity policy position on issues such as the rulemaking by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The Cybersecurity Task Force was established in September 2017 with a primary goal to discuss and understand the requirements for those airports designated by national authorities as “Operators of Essential Services” under the terms of the EU Network Information Security (NIS) Directive. The definition criteria for Operators of Essential Services may vary from one EU Member State to another; ACI EUROPE is working to harmonise requirements across EU Member States.
The European Commission (EC) have tasked the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) with preparing aviation specific cybersecurity regulations. EASA has established an European Strategic Coordination Platform (ESCP) that involves all the key aviation actors from EU authorities and industry, including ACI EUROPE. Although EASA is basing their work on the impact that a cybersecurity event could have on aircraft safety their remit does have an impact on airports.
The task force provides information and guidance for airport operators in the development of airport cyber security management programmes. It is represented in the EASA European Strategic Coordination Platform (ESCP) and in the Technical Advisory Committees working parties.
The aim of the task force is to provide an interface and expertise to:
  • the EASA activities (ESCP & rulemaking, European Centre for Cybersecurity in Aviation (ECCSA project)
  • the European Commission (incl. European Network Information Security Agency (ENISA)
  • the ECAC Study Group on Cybersecurity.
Also the Task Force develops airports cybersecurity best practices (systems & mapping of responsibilities; prioritization/criticality, risk assessments, mitigation measures), and provides a European perspective to the ACI WORLD activities.
Cybersecurity Task Force Leadership
Chair: Eric Vautier, Groupe ADP
Vice Chair: Wayne Smith, Birmingham Airport
Secretariat: Daiga Dege, ACI EUROPE