James Termini first became aware of the need for security training when flying long haul flights for an airline to countries that were sorely in need of better security at airports. Termini is CEO of Redline Aviation Security Ltd., one of several UK-government approved suppliers of aviation security training. Established in 2006, Doncaster, South Yorkshire-based Redline provides security training for airport and airline airport managers and personnel worldwide.
Security courses range from handling disruptive passengers; what to do in the event of a hijacking; how to search an aircraft on the ground and in flight; response to incidents on the ground and in flight; and how to answer questions posed by investigators and the news media.
Redline’s operating security training for most employees is one day; half-day CBT recurrency training is provided via the Internet or led by an instructor in the classroom. The company does not differentiate between the flight deck and cabin crew, both receive identical training.
Redline does not offer train-the-trainer (TTT) programs in the UK, which is delivered by the government, said Termini. However, the company has provided TTT programs in Poland and for a few airlines in the Eastern Caribbean region. The airlines include Polish airline Winn and Leeward Islands Air Transport or (LIAT) Airlines, based in Antigua.
Redline offers a security training course titled, Aviation Security for Senior Management, tailored to airline and airport chief executives and chief financial officers, who might have come to their jobs from outside the aviation industry.
“These people might have no concept of what their legal liabilities are,” said Termini. “Once they realize that people can go to jail for security lapses, they know it’s real.”
Termini said the training is particularly useful to finance directors, who after the course become more likely to “open up the purse strings” on security related equipment and training.
As part of its growth plans, Redline is moving ahead with plans to provide its quality assurance security program to other regions. It is considering the development of quality assurance programs at San Francisco International Airport and South Dakota’s Sioux Falls Regional, two airports that have opted out of TSA’s security control. These two airports are part of the TSA Screening Partnership Program, or SPP, which allows airports to use qualified private vendors to perform the screening of passengers and baggage. The Program was designed to meet the requirement for the “opt-out” provision in the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001.
Other UK government approved security training organizations include: BFBS Consultants Ltd, Chertsey Surrey; Global Air Training, Tattenhall, Cheshire; Gatwick Airport Ltd., Gatwick, West Sussex; Heathrow Airport, Hounslow, Middlesex; Queltex Ltd, Isle of Man; Airlock Aviation Ltd., Watlington, Oxon; and G4S Aviation Security (UK) Ltd., Hayes, Middlesex. Robert W. Moorman