29 Dec Intersec 2024 experts affirm Middle East aviation’s resilience, safety through adaptability
As the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) figures show that the strong post-pandemic passenger traffic trend continues in the Middle East, emerging security challenges and threats to the aviation industry in the Middle East will be discussed in detail at Intersec 2024, which takes place 16-18th December January 2024 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Statistics show regional airlines are seeing a 26.6% increase in September traffic compared to 2022.
According to Aaron Le Boutillier, Regional VP at ASIS International and CEO at LBG Le Boutillier Group, who is speaking ahead of the Security Leader’s Summit at Intersec 2024 – “The success of regional aviation security can be attributed to the fact that some of the major airports in the Middle East region, like Dubai International Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport and Hamad International Airport, have invested heavily in advanced technologies and infrastructure, such as state-of-the-art passenger screening systems, advanced baggage screening technologies, and increased development of security personnel, now showing tangible results,”
“International collaboration among airlines, airports, and regulatory authorities in strengthening aviation security is key to improving overall aviation security, and this is seen in the Middle East with strong alliances with ICAO and TSA, which ultimately lead to more efficient security processes.”
According to an IATA study, 75% of passengers want to use biometric data instead of passports and boarding passes, and over a third have already experienced using biometric identification in their travels. In November 2022, Emirates Airlines introduced the fast-track of international passengers using biometric data, while Riyadh Airports Company, which operates and manages King Khalid International Airport, successfully ran trials of a facial recognition technology in February 2023.
Intersec’s 25th edition, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, marks a quarter-century of innovation in security tech. With 1,000 exhibitors from 60 nations and 45,000 trade visitors, the event is a global hub for security, safety, and fire protection industries.
This jubilee edition will host a diverse range of conference programmes like Cyber Security, Safety and Health, Fire & Rescue, with features like the Thought Leadership Pavilion and Intersec Awards.