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Examination of Witnesses

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 21st February 2012.

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Gaynor McLaughlin: I certainly think that we can. We can move towards the more mature approach that the CAA takes on aviation safety, which did not come about overnight; it took a while to achieve. That involves a relationship based on mutual trust between the regulator and the operators—certainly with the airlines. That will take time to develop on aviation security. If we move towards that approach, where the onus is on the operator to demonstrate that they are meeting the outcomes, we will improve things. At the moment, we have this checklist-based approach; it is very tick box and almost about finding the trivia. It is too close to the subject, and it is not looking at the overall security aim and whether it is achieved.