Tighter security for flights to US

Security is being tightened at airports with direct flights into the US - including some in the UK - in response to US warnings of a "credible threat".

UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the measures were being taken to keep the public safe.

While he would not specify what steps would be involved, he ruled out "significant disruption" to passengers.

It comes amid US media reports that al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria and Yemen are developing bombs to smuggle on planes.

A US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said the changes were a response to a "real time" and "credible" threat, but he could not comment on specific intelligence matters.

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Horizon 2020

EAASP is a transnational EU body representing the stakeholders in border and transport hub security.  Members are drawn from the public and private sector and include the UK Border Agency, the Royal Marechaussee (NL), British Airports Authority, Carnival (P&O) and others.

As an end user, EAASP is interested in research projects that will be of benefit to our members and will offer limited support to projects that are aligned to our operation roles. Our members have full-time commitments elsewhere and we would not normally offer to be a full ‘Partner’ in Horizon 2020 projects but our members can contribute to steering and review committees.  Where a project is very closely aligned with our strategy and operational needs we may assist with trials, but this would not be the norm.

We expect that the Secure Societies strand of Horizon 2020 is the one most likely to be of interest to the association.  If you are interested in our involvement please contact our Technical Coordinator – whose details can be found on the contact page.

Maritime update December 2013

The year has continued to be dominated by reorganisations and budget issues in several member countries.  This has sometimes impacted on the ability of members to travel to meetings and to dedicate valuable time in pursuit of the Association’s strategic objectives whilst dealing with the myriad demands to deliver on more short-term tactical tasks.

Nevertheless, there are some key themes that I would like to share with you.

We continue to build on our position as experts on maritime security through representation at a number of high-profile fora.  This is equally important for our members as it allows their views to be shared with policy makers and operational bodies.  Currently:

·         We are preparing for next year’s NSS, (Nuclear Security Summit), to be held in the Netherlands.

·         We are actively engaged with SAGMAS and have participated in all recent meetings.

·         We continuously monitor developments in ports across Europe and have been very interested in the recent multi-agency operations in the port of Antwerp tackling a combined cyber and physical threat; (this threat obscured cargo movements for port operators over a period of many months). We are hoping to have a speaker on this topic from one of the key stakeholders at our conference in 2014.

·         Our links with coastguards have been strengthened.  We are building on our strong interaction with activities in the North Sea and are currently exploring opportunities for further engagement with relevant groups in the Baltic Sea. Again, we are pleased to announce that the Dutch Coastguard will be represented at senior level at our conference in 2014 and coastguard operations will form one of the topics at the conference.

·         We are undertaking studies on specific threats, including to particular vessel types such as chemical and LPG tankers.  These will not be covered in detail in this update.  However, if you are interested in this area, please make direct contact with a member of the Maritime Sub-group (details on Committee page of the website).

Peter van den Berg 
Vice President Maritime


SAGAS meeting

Sunday, October 27th, 2013, by ACI EUROPE (Airports Council International)

At the last SAGAS (Stakeholder Advisory Group Aviation Security) meeting a flow chart for the Passenger and Cabin Baggage Screening Process drawn up by my colleague at Geneva Airport was held up by David Trembaczowski-Ryder, Head of aviation Security ACI (Airports Council International) Europe.  This chart provides a useful graphic illustration of the possible steps in the screening process.  If desired a copy of the flow chart is available for members of EAASP. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">info@eaasp.net

Best regards

Willem Mudde 

Coordinator Aviation