Security has become a major factor in civil/commercial aviation. In recent decades, the number of threats to aviation security has grown significantly, especially after 9/11. This has led to ever more security regulations as the threats evolve. Security procedures have become exceedingly complex and invasive to passenger privacy; the number of security measures as well as personnel and therefore costs are growing steadily.
Therefore, the project COPRA was initiated under FP7 Programme of the European Commission. The objective of COPRA was to develop requirements and recommendations for future research activities which could lead to a more resilient, flexible and comprehensive approach.
Taking into account previous and existing activities in aviation security, COPRA partners and experts collected, analysed and categorised 70 current, emerging and new threats to airports, aircrafts and auxiliary infrastructure. The team then went on to compile more than 350 possible security measures to counter these threats. Over 50 conceptual ideas for overarching approaches to passenger, cargo and external security concepts were described, analysed and assessed according to the balance of security benefit, costs, impact on the aviation system and public acceptance and constraints.
► Smiths detection
► University of Ljubljana
Please consult the COPRA website
to read the final results of this project.