Ground Support Worldwide

DEC 2016 JAN 2017

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DECEMBER 2016/JANUARY 2017 19 INTERNATIONAL tion requirements and the roles and responsibilities of all within the airport/ handling chain." When it comes to the security standards that airports are imple- menting, these are the international securit y stan- dards that any airport in the world must have in place to allow passengers and goods to pass through the airport. How- ever, some extra measures are in place in the Middle East. "The peculiarity is that more sophisticated equipment is used for screening passengers and goods. In addition, extra K9 (police dogs) are deployed to go around termi- nals and sniff bags," says Hanno. Where security is being man- aged is not only because of a more active role of airports and security agencies. Some ground handling companies are being pro- active at managing security threats, while at the same time maintaining safety and other business priorities. "The quality providers certainly do pro - actively manage security threats. My for- mer company certainly had a whole range of additional measures, which would be introduced dependent on the assessed threat level. These would be implemented in conjunction with the customer airline, but could include secondary document checks, restrictions on the carriage of rush bags, restrictions on the acceptance of standby cargo; secondary baggage/cargo screening, etc. Of course the carriers expect an on-time departure as well," says Conway. The recent geopolitical turmoil in the Middle East has been dampening the avi- ation and handling business, which had otherwise been booming before then. According to Hanno, however, there is room for moderate optimism. "The whole security issue is very much a political one. There have been bombings in France, the UK, the USA, Germany and Belgium. It is happening all over the place. My hope is that within a couple of years the whole security situation will be 100 percent back to normal and this is achievable," he says. "Egypt – like many other parts of the world – is passing through a bad economic situation, but this is being improved and a lot of quality infrastructure has been put in place. For this I am optimistic as to the future of the handling business in the region." ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mario Pierobon is a safety management consultant and content producer. He currently is working on a research project investigating aircraft ground handling safety. You may reach him at My hope is that within a couple of years the whole security situation will be 100 percent back to normal and this is achievable.

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