​The practical realities of the way Aviation Security measures are implemented have seldom changed in recent decades. This is specifically the case when compared to the rate of change and innovation experienced in other parts of the sector. New approaches in the way technology and processes have been introduced continue to improve the safety commitment to the traveling public, yet we still deal with known threats and risks in fundamentally the same way. But how about those unknown threats? Are we in a position to implement meaningful defence and deterrence against the unknown security threat vectors of tomorrow?

With passenger numbers growing year on year, infrastructure capacity constraints becoming more commonplace, new security threats, and increasing expectations from passengers, consumers and investors to evolve the way we do business, there is little choice but to rethink our current security approach. Moreover, at least take the time and effort to evaluate where we are on the spectrum of change and posit a path in those areas of improvement where required.

​IATA Air Transport Security 2040 White Paper

In June 2019, IATA held its first Blue Skies – Air Transport Security 2040 forum bringing together IATA's security Strategic Partners, member airlines, airports, regulators, manufacturers, industry experts and academics.

The outcomes of the event culminated in production of a White Paper consolidating these industry views on the future of broad aviation security strategies, as well as the types of threats and new challenges that may be faced by the aviation security sector in the coming 20 years.

This White Paper will continue to evolve along with industry's thinking. Its aim is to stimulate discussion within the sector and facilitate further development and innovation to help industry better prepare and respond to known threats of today and the unknown of tomorrow.

The Air Transport Security 2040 White Paper (pdf) is now available for download along with the Executive Summary (pdf). The white paper is also available in Chinese (pdf).


Blue Skies Security 2040 Workshop - 2020 Edition


IATA, in partnership with Emirates Group Security (EGS) and Edith Cowan University (ECU), is pleased to announce that the second edition of the Blue Skies Security 2040 Workshop will take place at the Emirates Aviation College in Dubai, UAE.

Due to industry circumstances, the June edition of the Blue Skies Security 2040 Workshop have been postponed to a later date. The date is yet to be decided.

The 2020 edition will bring together global aviation security stakeholders, innovators, disruptors, academics and manufactures and build on the work completed in 2019.

Are you a young aviation professional or university student who would like to participate in the Blue Skies workshop?

Building on the recommendation of 2019, an aviation security innovation competition targeting young aviation professions and university students will be launched in early February 2020.  

Entries received will be evaluated based upon the innovative, transformative and visionary nature of the content as well as the implementable reality of the proposals.  A selection panel will choose the top 10 entrants and invite them to participate in the Dubai edition.

Details around the competition itself and the terms and conditions is available now.   

For more information

For any questions or further information on the Air Transport Security 2040 White Paper, or the Blue Skies 2020 edition please do not hesitate to contact us.