United Nation Security Council : Urgent change in the ICAO AVSEC approach needed.
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Audits conducted under the ICAO Universal Security Audit Program have revealed that not all States are fully implementing the Standards contained in Annex 17. A common deficiency encountered is that many States do not provide effective oversight of all relevant aviation security activities within their State.
The establishment of a comprehensive civil aviation security oversight system is essential if a State is to ensure the effective implementation of Annex 17 SARPs, the security-related SARPs contained in Annex 9 and its own national aviation security requirements. Metro Flight 9268 over Sinai last 224 lives from it, Brussels and Istanbul Airports too were as a result of it being overlooked. How many lives should we lose for the world to realize an important element of National Security is being played with and handled in a lacklustre manner, with lip service as the main Standard Operating Procedures in all ICAO 191 Member States.
The petition is aimed at submitting a constructive plea the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO as the UN Specialized agency for aviation matters, to treat Aviation Security with the same seriousness it treats safety. In safety for example, the Universal Safety Operational Audit Program- USOAP has a Red Flagging System that errant states are put on to spur their improvement and correction of their deficiencies as identified by the USOAP audits therewith.
In Security on the other hand, though a much more sensitive issue, such a system is lacking and therefore most of the 191 ICAO Member states are errant in fulfilling their obligation, thereby continuously exposing millions of the travelling populace to the possibly of untold harm.
As proven by the latest attacks in Egypt, Mogadishu, Brussels and Istanbul, the primary security threat to civilian aviation no longer comes from terrorist groups who are interested in negotiating to achieve an outcome. Instead, it arises from individuals or groups whose primary aim is to causes mass casualties, either through the destruction of aircraft, or attacks against mass gatherings on the ground.
There will most probably be an increasing trend towards attacks on airport front-of-house (FoH) areas and the use of cleverly concealed and non-metallic weapons to attack aircraft, as Countries and their CAA's to be precise grapple with their fundamental challenge of the establishment and management of a national civil aviation security oversight system that creates a security regime that is highly effective in preventing acts of unlawful interference, but does not unduly inhibit the growth of civil aviation, interfere with its efficiency and productivity, impose excessive costs, create unwarranted operational inconveniences, or intrude unnecessarily into private rights or civil liberties.
In the meantime our adversary is evolving and looking at more ingenious ways to beat our measures and cause life consuming mayhem....
It is therefore time for ICAO and the world to begin treating Aviation Security as a National and Homeland Security issue, with the utmost respect it deserves.
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