“A STOLEN PASSPORT NEVER BROUGHT DOWN A PLANE”

Immigration and Organised Crime: Former BAA Security Chief Highlights Broader Issues

London –11th March 2014The former Security Chief for British Airports Authority (BAA) Ian Hutcheson, today reacts to the continuous media focus on aviation security by highlighting ‘broader issues’ involved such as organised crime and illegal immigration. Malaysian Boeing 777 aircraft, flight MH370, which had 12 crew and 227 passengers on board – two of whom were travelling on stolen passports - vanished off the radar in the early hours of Saturday and speculation is rife as to whether the disappearance could be linked to terrorism.

Mr Hutcheson; part of the Advisory Board for the world’s only transport security-focused conference (http://www.transec.com) which covers border management and showcases the latest technologies for scanning, checking and inspection of passports; is sceptical:

“So far a link to terrorism hasn’t been proven – and a stolen passport has never brought down a plane. This situation involves a far broader spectrum of issues than has been reported in the press, which surprisingly is portraying stolen documentation as an aviation security element.

“Aviation security refers to the screening of passengers, baggage and goods carried on board the aircraft. The false documentation is part of a much wider and global problem relating to organised crime, border control and illegal immigration.”

Along with Ian Hutcheson, other members of the Transport Security Expo Advisory Board include ex-UK Security Minister Lord West; Home Office Director of the Security Industry Engagement Team Stephen Phipson; and Director of Security for Aerospace Defence Security (ADS), Bob Rose.

Peter Jones, CEO of Nineteen Events (www.nineteen-events.com) which runs Transport Security Expo, says:

“This is an incredibly important time in our sector; in particular, aviation and border control, which are all themes explored at our conference later this year – there is no doubt that London is seen as a centre of excellence in matters of security. Until we know what has happened our thoughts remain with the families of those missing.”

Transport Security Expo, which is running from 2-3 December 2014 at London Olympia, brings together policy makers, world leading experts, technologists and industry operators to examine protective measures, assess threat horizon and determine best measures for ensuring traveller safety within aviation, maritime, public transport and secure transportation. Last year’s event broke attendance records with nearly 4,000 international attendees, who attended conferences and debates on subjects such as border control, biometrics and the secure verification of passenger identity.

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About Transport Security Expo

Transport Security Expo (TRS) is the annual gathering of professionals within the aviation, maritime and public transport arenas. It gathers together policy makers, world leading experts, technologists and industry operators to examine current protective measures, assess the threat horizon and determine how best to maintain traveller safety in a changing and increasingly hostile world in austere economic times. Through conferences, an extensive programme of workshops and by way of a world-class exhibition, delegates and visitors can immerse themselves in the challenges transport operators face in maintaining high levels of security and the solutions to them, during a two-day event held at the Olympia Conference and Exhibition Center.

About Nineteen Events

Nineteen Events is based in Wimbledon, London. With 20 years of management experience and a committed team on hand, Nineteen Events produces large-scale exhibitions supported by award winning conferences, workshops, master classes, seminars and live demonstration programmes that run alongside. Under its former identity of Niche Events, Nineteen Events won the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) ‘Launch of Year 2009’ award. Niche Events was then sold to Clarion Events in April 2012, and under its new guise aims to deliver even more exciting and innovative events in the future.