Airports Council International launches new Landside Security Handbook


As part of its continuing commitment to promote a common-sense approach to security, Airports Council International (ACI) World launched the first edition of its new ACI Landside Security Handbook today.

ACI’s guidance is intended to help operators ensure that all aspects of landside security, including prevention, deterrence and incident management, have been considered. Their procedures update, and bring together the best elements of managing security, based on the current experience of airports around the world involved in this crucial task. The Handbook also provides many examples and options for different operating environments and may be used as a standalone guide or to complement an APEX in Security review.

“Security remains our top priority at ACI World and the ACI Handbook is an indispensable resource to help airport authorities protect the security of the travelling public and employees at the airport,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “Airports already exercise best practice, take all threats seriously, and apply rigorous security methods but, in such a complex global aviation system, the potential for gaps to develop sometimes exists. Through this new handbook and the range of training and support that we provide, ACI is committed to addressing them.”

The handbook was launched today at the 13th annual ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly, Conference and Exhibition hosted by Narita International Airport Corporation at the Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall.

“It is a fact that aviation is a focus of terrorism”, said, Franck Capello, Aviation Security Director at Broward County Aviation Department (Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport). “This Handbook is a valuable and useful resource for worldwide Airport operators to consider while developing their Landside Threat Mitigation Plan”.

“Having supported ACI for many years as a member of the ACI World Standing Security Committee, ACI EUROPE Security Committee, and more recently in support of the development of aviation security training programmes, I highly commend this publication”, said Andrew McClumpha, Director, McClumpha Associates Ltd. “In my view, never before has the timing been so relevant for a publication that provides pragmatic, applicable, and comprehensive guidance that is drawn from best practice, lessons learned, and emerging threats and demands in aviation security.  It is a publication that can be recommended for all airports and all their associated stakeholders”.

“This Handbook provides the industry with an opportunity to realize the risk-based approach to security it has long sought”, said Stacey Peel, Strategic Aviation Security Global Lead at Arup.  “Arup is delighted to have its risk and business focused approach to aviation security recognized by ACI World and to collaborate on the development of international guidance.  The Handbook contributes not only to improving the safety of those using our airports, but recognizes the business benefits of risk-based security including capital and operational cost saving and the alignment of security to an airport’s passenger experience, architectural design and other business objectives”.

Given the challenges associated with securing landside zones of the airport, the ACI Landside Security Handbook provides operators with a comprehensive set of tools for mitigating risk in a low-cost and highly effective way,” said Anne Marie Pellerin, Managing Partner for LAM LHA Security Innovation.

The 26th ACI World General Assembly recognized the importance of landside security and the need to support airport leaders in identifying and implementing best practices. ACI World is encouraging airport stakeholders to make this handbook available to their employees so they may understand and follow the best principles and recommended practices for ensuring safe, secure and efficient airport environment. ACI World would like to thank all the contributors and authors of this handbook.


The most important legislative function performed by ICAO is the formulation and adoption of Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for international civil aviation. These are incorporated into the 19 technical annexes to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known as the Chicago Convention.

Of critical importance to the future of civil aviation and to the international community at large are the measures taken by ICAO to prevent and suppress all acts of unlawful interference against civil aviation throughout the world. SARPs for international aviation security were first adopted by the ICAO Council in March 1974, and designated as Annex 17 to the Chicago Convention. For more information on how to order a copy, please see the Catalogue of ICAO Publications