Inspections may be eased on ‘low-risk’ airline passengers

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Fri, Sep 27, 2013 - Page 3

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) may consider adopting measures to streamline airport security inspection procedures, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said yesterday.

Local media reported that the ICAO aviation security executive committee was scheduled to address the issues related to airport security today.

The reports said that ICAO members may follow the agreement between the US and Canada, who have streamlined their inspection procedures for low-risk passengers, where these passengers will not be asked to remove their shoes or belts at security checkpoints.

The requirement of placing liquids, gels or aerosol spray in carry-on luggage in 100ml containers may also be relaxed as high-tech equipment can instead be used to examine the items in the containers, the report said.

CAA Director-General Jean Shen (沈啟), who is attending the ICAO’s 38th Assembly in Montreal, said in a telephone interview that the US-Canada agreement was a three-year project.

Passengers are divided into low-risk and high-risk groups based on information exchange between the two countries.

For example, passengers who frequently travel between the two countries on business and do not have a criminal record may be categorized in the low-risk group, she said.

The expedited security inspection must be agreed by both countries before it can be implemented, Shen said.

Though ICAO members may consider following suit, Shen said that the proposal may require extensive discussions and it is uncertain when it would be implemented.