UK boost to aviation security at Kenya airports

TRAINERS from the UK Department for Transport were in Kenya during November to deliver aviation security training courses to Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) supervisors and other key airport security personnel, including the Police and the Military. The training covered how to handle various threats including armed attack, surface to air missiles and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Speaking at the opening of the ‘Protective Security Infrastructure’ course at the KAA’s Training School in Nairobi, the Regional Aviation Security Liaison Officer (RASLO) at the British High Commission, Nairobi, Vicky Hutchinson, said, ‘Aviation is a global business, and through such a world-wide network we are all potentially vulnerable to attack. As we have seen – including with recent tragic events in Egypt – we all face the same difficult challenges in defending our aviation industries from the threat of terrorism, so we must help one another and share experiences and best practice in our efforts to improve aviation security standards in the region.’
Hutchinson added that the UK assistance ‘will make airports in Kenya a harder target against a terrorist attack, and provide the KAA with best practice advice/training against current threats to aviation. The UK has and continues to offer various levels of aviation security equipment to the KAA including explosive trace detection machines and consumables; IED training kits and a set of ‘liquid explosive test strips’.

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