European leaders discuss improvements to aviation security

The FLYSEC research project is an effort that includes Embry-Riddle, other European Union universities, research organizations and aviation industry partners with the National Center for Scientif

Airport security was the focus of a recent meeting hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Europe and the European Aviation Security Center.

Leaders met as part of their involvement in the FLYSEC research project, an effort that brings together Embry-Riddle, other European Union universities, research organizations and aviation industry partners with the National Center for Scientific Research in Greece to develop a comprehensive, integrated airport security process for passengers. Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the initiative supports researchers from Germany, Israel, United Kingdom, Luxembourg and Greece.

In February, participants discussed the current status quo of airport security measures and possible technological advancements to improve efficiency and reduce false alarms. The project will concentrate on the development of an innovative, integrated, end-to-end airport security process for passengers, airports and airlines.

Airport security is under great scrutiny from all sides,“ said Christian Janke, a research engineer with the European Aviation Security Center. “When developing airport security processes and technology, it is really important to involve all stakeholder groups very early. The societal acceptance of security measures is the key to their successful integration."

FLYSEC’s primary goal is to establish a guided and streamlined procedure from the landside to airside and into the boarding gates, while offering an operationally validated innovative concept for end-to-end aviation security.