MONTREAL: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the decision by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to require enhanced security measures as an alternative to restrictions on the carriage of large portable electronic devices in the cabin on all flights to the US.
This includes the ability to remove the existing restrictions on certain flights departing from the Middle East and North Africa to the US.
IATA looks forward to working with our member airlines and DHS to implement this phased approach to enhanced aviation security, including ensuring that airline costs and operational impacts are minimised.
Keeping our passengers and crew safe and secure is our top priority. This creates a natural partnership with governments, which have the primary responsibility for security. The actions raise the bar on security. The aggressive implementation timeline will, however, be challenging.
Meeting it will require a continued team effort of government and industry stakeholders. In particular, airlines and airports will need to be supported by host states during the phase-in of the new requirements, said Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA.