Liow: Share security info to thwart possible threat to airlines

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KUALA LUMPUR: Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai has urged members of the international aviation community to share security-related information with one another to thwart any possible threat to airlines and airports.

He said it was crucial that nations and agencies worked together to put in place, effective mechanisms to ward off such risks.

With the rise in terrorism and cyber threats, he said safety and security were of paramount importance.

“I firmly believe that by working together as a collective organisation, it will help to ensure and enhance air passenger safety worldwide,” Liow told reporters after the launch of the 25th Aviation Security (AVSEC) here today.

Over 400 security experts participated in AVSEC this year, including those from airline and airport management, aviation security consultants, security personnel as well as representatives from government agencies and organisations worldwide.

Meanwhile, Liow said Malaysia wanted the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to play a role in providing information to all airlines on flying over conflict zone routes.

“I want ICAO to take the lead in giving information to all airlines on the safety of flying routes over conflict zones … all aircrafts should know whether they can travel along those routes or otherwise,” he said.

The minister said Malaysia was committed to bringing about safer skies for the global civil aviation sector and that by working together as a collective organisation, it would help ensure and enhance air passenger safety worldwide.

On safety and security at airports nationwide, he said they were well prepared and had raised the alert since the recent airport attack at Brussels in Belgium, and Turkey.

“It is crucial for the home ministry to give us (transport ministry) all the (relevant) information…we need to ensure the safety of the passenger,” added Liow.

The three-day event is jointly organised by the ICAO, International Air Transport Association and Airports Council International.