The primary objective of aviation security is to ensure the protection and safeguarding of passengers, crew, ground personnel, the general public, aircraft and facilities of an airport serving international civil aviation and domestic operations against acts of unlawful interference perpetrated on the ground or in flight. This is carried out through a combination of measures and the marshalling of various human and material resources at the international, national and airport levels.
The Division conducts oversight activities on the facilitation of the movement of aircraft, crew, persons, cargo, baggage, mail and stores to ensure the removal of unnecessary obstacles and delays while maintaining appropriate security requirements.
The Aviation Security and Facilitation Regulatory has a legal structure in terms of the Civil Aviation (Security and Facilitation) Regulations, 2022 as published under Statutory Instrument (SI) 69 of 2022, with clearly defined responsibilities and methods of implementation.
The Division develops, implements and maintains a comprehensive policy on aviation security and facilitation. The Division implements a standardized level of aviation security and facilitation through measures that meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 17 – Aviation Security and Annex 9 – Facilitation standards.
The Division’s functions include:
- Approval of Operator Security Programmes
- Approval of Aviation Security Training Organizations
- Approval of security equipment
- Approval of architectural designs of facilities
- Development of guidance material for the aviation industry
- Certification of Aviation Security Instructors, Screeners and Security Personnel
- Certification of Explosive Detection Dogs and Handlers
- Quality Control activities on operators
- Issuance of Crew Member Certificates
- Issuance of Screeners’ Licences
- Issuance of Inspectors and Instructors Credentials