UK helps improve aviation security at Kenya airports

UK boosts Kenyan airport security
Vicky Hutchinson, RASLO, handing over a set of ‘liquid explosive test strips’ to the KAA General Manager of Safety and Security Mr Eric Kiraithe on 23 November 2015. Photo via Facebook/UKinKenya)

Trainers from the UK’s Department for Transport have been in Kenya this month, undertaking a package of aviation security training courses at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Mombasa International Airport and Wilson Airport.

The training, covered threats from: an armed attack, surface to air missiles, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and was directed towards Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) supervisors and other key security personnel, including the Police and the Military.

“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.
“Our 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”

Ms Vicky Hutchinson, UK Regional Aviation Security Liaison Officer

(speaking during the opening of this week’s ‘Protective Security Infrastructure’ course at the KAA’s Training School in Nairobi).

Additional to this training, the UK Government continues to offer various levels of aviation security equipment to the KAA which has included: explosive trace detection machines and consumables, IED training kits, and most recently, a set of ‘liquid explosive test strips’.