Airports: Vetting

Home Office written question – answered on 21st March 2019.

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Photo of Mark Garnier Mark Garnier Conservative, Wyre Forest

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is on the mutual recognition approach to airport staff screening as discussed at the Transatlantic Aviation Security Industry Roundtable in 2018.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The Transatlantic Aviation Security Industry Roundtable was convened to further strengthen dialogue between the US and UK on enhancing aviation security and alongside other issues discussed measures to mitigate the Insider threat and staff screening

The UK has consistently advocated, in the International Civil Aviation Organization and in other forums, a global approach to tackling insider threat at airports based on 100% screening of staff, randomness and unpredictability as part of that screening, and background checks of staff working in secure areas or with access to sensitive security information.

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