While stating that airports are highly regulated, the association pointed out that regulations focus on “airside spaces,” those beyond the security checkpoint and accessible only to ticket-holding passengers. That is contrasted with the “landside” public spaces where the attacks on Brussels airport took place.
The objective of existing regulations, the association said, has been to prevent interference with air transport which has been “a prominent target of terrorists for several decades.”
ACI-Europe therefore says these national authorities must “review and adopt appropriate measures, matching their specific threat scenario.”
National Security Review
After the Brussels attacks, ACI-Europe advises it is cooperating fully with governments and security authorities in Belgium and elsewhere in the EU as they review terrorist threat levels, increase landside (public area) security measures at airports and at “other key locations.”
It is for this reason that the association urges the EU to establish more effective intelligence sharing, saying, “The best way forward in the fight against terrorism is to step up capabilities for the gathering, coordination, and sharing of intelligence and data.”