The Association of Independent

Aviation Security Professionals

Promoting Meaningful Aviation Security

Association Milestones

Our Mission:  To use our experience working for the Federal government, airlines, airports and with technology developers to promote the adoption of meaningful aviation security measures that effectively balance security, privacy and passenger convenience.

Overview:  The failed attempt by the “Christmas Bomber” to detonate a bomb he had brought on board NW Flight 253, again shows that the aviation security system remains ineffective against suicide bombers.  When coupled with earlier attempts by the “Shoe Bomber”, the U.K. Liquids plotters, the 911 terrorists going back to Ramsey Yousef’s 1994 “Bojinka Plot”, it is clear that regulators’ reliance on an obsolete passenger checkpoint strategy designed to counter ransom-seeking hijackers is ineffective against today’s civil aviation threat.

We are aviation security professionals with more than two centuries aviation security experience who have come together to formulate and promote an effective strategy for this complex problem based on our shared concern that more innocent travelers will die in future terrorist attacks on commercial aviation without strong, effective action.  We believe that regulators are reacting by adding more technology to an obsolete strategy, and need to strategically address the shortfalls and underlying complex issues, which in our opinion are:

          •The passenger checkpoint threat is more challenging than checked bags

          •The current checkpoint, designed to find guns and knives of the 1970’s hijacking era, is woefully inadequate against today’s IED threat even with the addition of newer technologies, such as body scanners

          •Today’s checkpoint does not integrate data to allow reliable detection of dispersed threats across one or more individuals; it still screens bag-by-bag or passenger-by-passenger

          •While elements of risk based security (presented in one of our 2009 position papers) is being adopted, focus has been on passenger convenience and not on applying advanced technology to higher risk passengers

          •Critical is an urgent change of regulators’ focus, mentality and organization

Several proven post-911 initiatives leveraging technology and processes available today could lead to real, measurable security improvements without inconveniencing the majority of the traveling public.  Together, these can form the basis for a checkpoint screening strategy that can counter suicide bombers on commercial aircraft, which we believe is urgently needed.  through presentations at international security forums, Association members have increased the visibility of this position and several Association members worked with IATA to help define their Checkpoint of the Future process, using many of the positions outlined earlier in the Association’s position papers.

Oct 2017 Update
> Steve Wolff, Tim Rayner presented at Concealed Explosives Detection workshop.

Mar 2016 Update
> Doug Laird, Peter Harris quoted in AP article after Brussels attack.

Jun 2015 Update
> Steve Wolff moderating Day 2 at Body Search 2015, London 10-11th June.

Mar 2015 Update
> John Edwards (Ex IATA) joins the Association of Independent Aviation Security Professionals.

Feb 2015 Update
> Wolff article Screening Technology A to Z published in Aviation Security Int'l, Feb 2015 edition

Oct 2013 Update
> Wolff article on Cargo Screening published in Aviation Security Int'l, Oct 2013 edition

Jun 2013 Update
> Wolff elected Vice Chair of the Gordon Research Conf on Illicit Substance Detection, 2015

Jun 2013 Update
> Rayner Co-Chairs the Gordon Research Conf on Illicit Substance Detection, Switzerland, 2013

Apr 2013 Update
> Johnson discusses Boston Terror Attack with Chris Matthews/ MSNBC

Nov 2012 Update
> Huey meets with Indian Govt officials to discuss Checkpoint of the Future feasibility

Oct 2012 Update
> Posted recent articles by AIASP Members

July 2012 Update
> Wolff & Fliynn completed Checkpoint of the Future feasibility design for San Diego Airport

Dec 2011 Update
> Wolff, Flynn & Huey deliver second Checkpoint of the Future Report to IATA

< Oct 2011 Update
> Maxim Soldatkin, General Direction of BPROASCO LLC, Russia joins the Association

Aug 2011 Update
> New Position Papers: Refuting the use of K9 for passenger screening
Vulnerabilities of AIT/ ATR

July 2011 Update
> Dr. Tim Rayner, President of Bagtronics, Ltd. (UK). First international member to join the Association.

June 2011 Update
> Publication of AVSECO's Book on Aviation Security Challenges featuring a chapter by Steve Wolff

May 2011 Update
> Checkpoint of the Future presentations:
Wolff: AVSECO's 2011 Int'l AVSEC Conf., Hong Kong
Flynn & Huey: ARINC's Converge 2011 Security Workshop, Edinburgh

Mar 2011 Update
> Wolff and Huey present & discuss Checkpoint of the Future at Passenger Terminal Expo, Denmark

Jan 2011 Update
> Quotes in multiple media articles in winter 2010-11

Sep 2010 Update
> Wolff speaks at TRANSEC Conference, London on Checkpoint of the Future

Aug 2010 Update
> IATA contracts Association members to help define Checkpoint of the Future.

Apr 2010
Mailing campaign to US Congress

Dec 2009
> Association formed by Charter Members