Every year, in the 28 EU Member States, about one billion passengers travel by air (910 Million in 2015 – Source Eurostat).  Every one of them will have gone through the security controls that have been made mandatory by EU legislation, as well as their hold and cabin baggage.

Since 2002, in the aftermath of 9/11, common EU aviation security rules have been established and harmonisation has been strengthened ever since. The evolving threats on aviation have been the driver to reinforce security measures and allow new technologies and procedures to be introduced. 

Common basic standards at the EU level cover:

Since 2009, several supplementary regulations entered into force to address:

Private security services providers are key stakeholders in ensuring high quality and reliable security services in European airports.