TSA Administrator Leads U.S. Delegation at ICAO High-Level Aviation Security Conference

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske led an interagency U.S. delegation to ICAO’s 2nd High-Level Conference on Aviation Security on November 29-30, 2019.  He urged ICAO and its member states to intensify efforts to detect and prevent evolving threats to aviation security, including terrorism and insider threats.  Administrator Pekoske presented a proposal co-sponsored by seven other member states and IATA aimed at ensuring that ICAO appropriately prioritizes and funds aviation security within its existing resources.  As a result, the conference recommended that the ICAO Council launch a feasibility study to establish a Bureau of Aviation Security and Facilitation. This would better equip ICAO and its member states to implement the Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP) and answer UN Security Council Resolution 2309’s call for “all States to work within ICAO to ensure that its international security standards are reviewed and adapted to the effectively address the threat posed by terrorist targeting civil aviation.”