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COMBAT TERRORISM VIA STRONG COOPERATION AMONG AVIATION PLAYERS- EXPERT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Strong cooperation and collaboration among aviation industry players are needed in order to combat terrorism and securing public safety, said Director of Aviation Security, UK Civil Aviation Authority, Peter Drissel.

He said industry players including security experts had to run to keep up with the challenges, technology and threats that kept emerging all the time.

We should never think that we have done enough. And don’t be too complacent. We have to be aware that everyday somebody, some bad guy is going to cause trouble, harm you and the public,” he told Bernama on the sidelines of the Public Venue Security and Counter-Terrorism Summit today.

The retired Royal Air Force officer pointed out that collaboration and cooperation among industry players were pivotal in ensuring aviation safety.

Just imagine nowadays we have almost 20 different aviation security standards globally. And how many aircraft flying all around the world and how many security regimes or standards that the public have to follow?

He added that threats and challenges to aviation industry is different from time to time, for instance using knives, weapons, bomb in suitcase, bomb in cargo, liquid explosives and even old fashioned bombs.

While we chase after the modern technology, don’t forget the old technology. The bad guys will use everything.

It’s a challenging prospect. The way o make it better is to work together. Nobody has the perfect answer, he said.

Drissel drove home the point that aviation security would be much better in the future when industry players had better understanding on related issues and cooperate more to find solutions.

The two-day summit attracted 16 speakers plus security and counter-terrorism experts such as from the UK, Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines as well as local officials to discuss various security issues, management, organisational change and preparedness for disaster and event disruptions.

Source: NAM News Network

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