Bahamas -- The Ministry of Transport and Aviation assisted the US Embassy
in Nassau to open
an aviation security seminar to screen
anti-terrorism techniques. The seminar was held January 21 at SuperClubs
Breezes Oceanview Conference Room and attended by representatives from
local and US airline companies.
"I am delighted to join you
at the opening of this 'Aviation Security Excellence in Screening Techniques
Course'. I would be remiss if I did not recognise the important and
continued assistance and collaboration between the Inter-American Committee
Against Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organisation of American States, and
the United States Government Department of Homeland Security, who have,
together, provided the funding and instructors for this training course,"
said the Hon Hope Strachan, State Minister for Transport and Aviation.
"Representatives in the Aviation
Security Field from, both the Department of Civil Aviation and Bahamasair,
are here today to attend a five-day course, which will offer them an
opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to deter,
detect and prevent prohibited items, such as, explosives, guns and improvised
explosive devices from being introduced into the restricted areas of
our airports or onboard any of our aircraft."
State Minister Strachan said that
in recent years, The Bahamas has put in place a number of enhanced measures
to strengthen aviation security, both in Nassau and in the Family Islands.
She said that despite the efforts made, the security challenges faced
by the aviation industry are constantly evolving.
"Those of you here who stand
at the forefront of the line of defence must remain vigilant. There
is no room for complacency, and you must continue to work together as
Aviation Security Professionals to identify possible vulnerabilities
in our security systems," said Minister Strachan.
She noted that during the five days
of training, the participants will be instructed in security awareness
and security check point operations, which will include, but are not
limited to, the function of a walk- through metal detector, an X-Ray
machine, an explosive trace detector, and the proper use of a hand held
Minister Strachan said that a session
in special screening situations is also scheduled to assist with the
understanding of how to deal with passengers who are classified as persons
"To those security officers
from Family Island airports at which screening equipment, such as X-Ray
machines and walk -through metal detectors, are not readily available,
you will be instructed in an alternative method, which will not deviate
from accepted International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and National
Aviation Security Standards," said the State Minister.
She said as tourism is vital to the
country's economy, it is not difficult to imagine that the enhanced
security measures that will be implemented may be perceived as an inconvenience
by some users at the airport.
State Minister Strachan said one
of the most challenging tasks will be to make sure that security is
not achieved at the expense of efficiency and customer service.
Ms Strachan concluded by saying she
hopes all participants will take the opportunity to prepare themselves
to be exposed to a form of training that will prepare them to become
security instructors par excellence.